Sociology, Criminology and Deviance

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L371
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Explore the impact of equality, social justice, and living in a diverse population on relations between people in our Sociology, Criminology and Deviance degree.

Our Sociology, Criminology and Deviance degree lets you explore the modern world from a variety of perspectives – with a particular focus on contemporary debate surrounding society, crime, deviance, conformity and social control. The course is an ideal option for those who want to address the key issues raised by the government and the judicial responses to them.

The course draws on a variety of disciplines including criminology, anthropology, international relations, sociology and forensic science. We will provide you with the skills you need for independent judgement, self-reflection and critical debate. The course has links with local organisations working with offenders and supporting different communities including Stoke-on-Trent Vulnerability and Safeguarding Hub and the domestic violence prevention programme, Arch.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Sociology, Criminology and Deviance

Course content

In Year 1 you’ll cover a range of sociological and criminological theories and perspectives. You’ll learn about social policy and a number of social problems where you can develop introductory research methods and study skills.

In Year 2 you’ll build on this theoretical base, to develop a better understanding of the interaction between society, crime and deviance through a wide range of topics. Throughout your second year, you’ll also enhance your research skills through an array of assessments.

In Year 3 you’ll write a dissertation on a subject of your choice and study a combination of core and option modules. You will also have many opportunities to explore the following areas: social conflict, social change and social problems - such as homelessness, poverty, unemployment and social and political strategies.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 1 Compulsory
Crime and Deviance 1 Compulsory
Discovering Research Methods Compulsory
Problems and Policy Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 2 Compulsory
Crime and Deviance 2 Compulsory
Discovering Research Methods Compulsory
Problems and Policy Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 3 Compulsory
Equality Matters: Issues for a Diverse Population Compulsory
Researching Social Life Compulsory
Why is it Kicking Off Everywhere? Protest, Resistance and Policing Optional
The Sociology of Heath Optional
Doing Drugs: Policing Illegal Drug Use Optional
Refugees and Immigrants Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 4 Compulsory
Researching Social Life Compulsory
Gender, Sexuality and Society Optional
Forensic Anthropology: Criminal Investigations and Police Work Optional
Sociology of Education Optional
Professional Practice Placement Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Dissertation Compulsory
Global Sociology 1 Compulsory
Why is it Kicking Off Everywhere? Protest, Resistance and Policing Optional
The Sociology of Heath Optional
Doing Drugs: Policing Illegal Drug Use Optional
Refugees and Immigrants Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Dissertation Compulsory
Global Sociology 2 Compulsory
Gender, Sexuality and Society Optional
Forensic Anthropology: Criminal Investigations and Police Work Optional
Sociology of Education Optional
Professional Practice Placement Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.