Criminology and Sociology (BSc Econ)

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the information shown is subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by February 2017. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course

Criminology and Sociology gives students the opportunity to combine study of crime, deviance and victimisation with study of wider society and the social processes within it.

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Criminology and Sociology within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

Criminology is the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. We draw on a range of social science perspectives and offer you the chance to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to crime and its control.

Sociology is dedicated to the study of social life as found in groups, institutions and societies. It provides the critical tools for handling the analysis of all aspects of social conduct, from face-to-face interactions to how economic forces shape and are shaped by global society.

This course uses a wide range of approaches to help you learn the methods and ideas needed to make your own contribution to understanding and improving society.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn from leading criminologists with strong links to police, probation and prisons, as well as local authorities, and Welsh and UK government institutions
  • Modules on offer reflect staff research interests across a range of sociological concerns and approaches, for example education, work and globalisation; urban and everyday life; social media, culture and consumption; health; migration and ethnic relations
  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
  • The opportunity to study abroad.

Key facts

UCAS CodeLM39
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 280 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1250 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Social Sciences admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offerABB (excluding general studies). 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the core, plus grades BB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, with the option of completing a 40-credit dissertation in year three. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

In year one, you will study four core modules. You will then choose two more modules from a selection that includes introductions to education, social policy, psychology and social analytics.

Criminology foundation modules focus on developing your capacity to think about problems of crime, justice and crime control as a social scientist. A strong emphasis is placed on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data and the relationships between this evidence and the theories developed within criminology.

In the first year, you’ll have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.

Year two

You will take four core modules and have the option of choosing another two modules from across the disciplines in the School, including a credit-bearing placement module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Social Research MethodsSI003020 credits
Social TheorySI006620 credits
Offending and VictimisationSI020120 credits
Responses To CrimeSI020220 credits

Year three

In year three, you have the option to undertake a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project supervised by a member of academic staff. You will also study modules in both Criminology and Sociology.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.

As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes.  Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.

How will I be supported?

A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, individual and group projects

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:
 

  • knowledge of contemporary theory and research in both Criminology and Sociology
  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT;
  • interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information, for example as part of a research project;
  • demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
  • recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • managing learning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

Our Criminology graduates have gone onto a range of related careers in criminal justice and the growing fields of community safety, crime reduction and security management. Others have followed a variety of career paths including research, teaching, policing, legal professions, social work and social care, administration and management.

Sociology as a qualification offers entry to a wide range of occupations and postgraduate courses. Cardiff graduates have pursued careers in fields including teaching, finance, law, management, voluntary agencies, retail and market research.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We have a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.


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