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What makes Criminology and Sociology at Worcester special?

Criminology and Sociology offer complimentary approaches in understanding crime, its causes, impact and social implications.

Studying Criminology at Worcester allows you to understand the current explanations for crime, victimisation and deviance and the impact these have on the individual.

Sociology at Worcester offers critical perspectives on contemporary society as a whole including how crime may affect its structures, rules and practices.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Develop an understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime
  • Acquire knowledge and critical understanding of crime, its causes and impact on the victims and wider society
  • Through the lens of sociological and criminal theory, you will learn about the social causes and consequences of common human experiences and issues
  • Personal and academic tutoring based as much on your career prospects as your studies 
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree    

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Criminology and Sociology.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Applying Sociology
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 1: The Legislative Context 
  • Contextualising Criminal Justice 2: Policy and Politics

Module options:

  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology 
  • Family Lives 
  • Democracy? the story of an ideal 
  • Welfare for All? the story of a dream 
  • Visual Sociology Gender and Representation

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective

Module options:

  • Sociology Research Design & Methods 
  • Approaching Sociological Research 
  • Constructions of Crime: media representations and policy debates 
  • Campaign Power - People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates 
  • Housing, Housing Problems and Homelessness        
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain Digital Society
  • Crime, Race, Gender and Risk
  • Media and Crime
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Criminal Law Policing in England and Wales

Year 3

Module options:

  • Independent Study 
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process 
  • Pornography and Modern Culture 
  • History of Sexuality 
  • Body & Society 
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education 
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination 
  • Constructing Emotions: social/political perspectives 
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
  • Independent Study
  • Children, Young People and Crime
  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Crime Prevention and Community Safety Substance Misuse
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Criminology and Sociology.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that will attract employment from a variety of agencies and organisations in the criminal justice sector, whether public, private or 3rd sector. Our graduates have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. The course also prepares you for jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live.

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