What you study
In Years 1 and 2, students study an array of core criminology, law and sociology modules. These look at themes including criminological theory, crime and criminal justice, criminal law, contemporary social issues, the media, social change and sociological theory. There is also the opportunity to study theme-based interdisciplinary elective modules.
The course will challenge and develop your understanding of crime, deviance and the criminal justice process through studying sociological and criminological explanations for crime, and exploring the ways in which crime is controlled and regulated in modern societies. The different approaches taken in answering questions about crime will help you to evaluate the strategies and interventions used to deal with it in modern societies.
In years 3 and 4, students have the opportunity to engage with an array of core and specialist option modules in criminology and sociology. These include modules that explore contemporary criminological theory, gender and crime, policing and police work, penal institutions, human rights and cybercrime. In your final year, students also design and produce a research project under the dedicated supervision of a member of academic staff.
An optional work placement is available in Year 4, and will require attendance at a relevant work setting outside the University.
For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BA with Honours in CriminologyBA with Honours in Criminology
How you learn and are assessed
Students learn through an array of teaching modes including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, online discussion forums, video screenings, guest speaker presentations, directed and private study, and student-focussed group work.
Students will be assessed through a number of methods including supervised examinations, essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, project work, class and online tests, trust-and-honour examinations and reflective analyses.
A wide variety of assessments will be used throughout the duration of the degree, including essays, reports, critical reviews, case studies, examinations, presentations and a final year dissertation.
Around one third of the course is assessed through examination, although the precise proportion will be dependent on your module choices.