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Sociology with Criminology BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Exploring behaviour

This course will provide you with a richer understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern life. Sociology explores human societies, cultures and behaviour from a global perspective. You'll study cultural diversity and the construction of social identities based on sexuality, religion, race, gender and class.

Sociology and criminology are full of stimulating debates – from examining the relationship between people and the environment, to looking at how and why social norms develop.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Sociology with Criminology at LSBU?

No.2 in London Modern Universities for overall score and graduate prospects in Sociology (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
No.2 London University overall in Criminology (Guardian University League Table, 2018).
Enrich your CV and awareness of working practice with a voluntary placement in the prison service, legal advice, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
Overall excellence: No.2 in London Modern Universities for overall score and graduate prospects in Sociology (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
Recent graduates are now research assistants, school student mentors and charity workers - careers are likely in teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, journalism and programme research.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

You'll critically and theoretically engage with the rapid changes that are re-shaping societies, as well as gaining a rigorous understanding of crime and criminal justice. This course covers politics and democracy, crime, gender, equality and diversity, penal theory and practice, modernity, and policing. Methods of assessment for course overall: 62% coursework.

Year 1

  • Issues in contemporary sociology
    Issues in Contemporary Society covers key concepts in sociology and addresses issues such as migration,  race, gender and class. The focus throughout the module is how inequalities are reinforced through the changing nature of citizenship, sexualities, religion and mass media. 
  • Social and political problem
  • The sociological imagination: understanding society and social change
    You'll be introduced to some of the main questions raised about human societies.  The Module invites you to explore significant aspects of the origins and development of sociological inquiry within a historical context.  You'll be encouraged to read specifically selected pieces about key concepts and approaches to the study of social action in our societies.
  • Researching social life
    This module will introduce you to qualitative (with limited content related to quantitative) methods used by sociologists and other social scientists to conduct investigations. The module will look at a range of qualitative methods and different types and structures of data collected to illustrate how research works. In addition, lecture and other activities will demonstrate to students how to apply basic research methods and present results in a meaningful and informative way. In addition and primarily though the use of seminar reading, this module also aims to expose students to relevant critical issues which arise from carrying out research with a particular focus on issues related to race, gender, and class. 
  • Deconstructing the crime problem
    What is crime? How and to what extent is the crime problem dispersed throughout contemporary British society? What do we know about current levels of crime in the UK and how do these compare historically?  These are some of the key questions addressed in this module which aims to introduce you to the basic anatomy of the crime problem. In addition to addressing specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society, you'll be encouraged to think about these issues in terms of broader social trends and relations.
  • Introduction to criminological theory
    This module introduces you to key criminological theories. You'll examine the principal conceptual differences between these theories and how such concepts have been applied in the form of substantive research and policy.

    Year 2

    • Social research skills 1
      In the first half of this module students are introduced to basic issues in research design and methodology.  Topics covered include experimental design and random assignment, formulating research questions sampling and measurement.   In the second half of the module they learn the basics of statistical analysis and how to use SPSS. 
    • Social research skills 2
      This module introduces students to the basics of qualitative research methodologies.  Students learn about central philosophical questions in the philosophy of the social sciences and how they relate to the qualitative/quantitative distinction.  Students are taught a range of qualitative data collection techniques ranging from interviews to archival research.  They are also introduced to different qualitative analytic techniques.  Finally they are made aware of the ethical issues that are specific to qualitative research.  Students are taught through lectures and workshops where they apply the principles to specific research questions.
    • Social theory and modern society
      The scope of this course is designed to provide a grounding in the study of modernity and an understanding of some of the central assumptions of sociological thought developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing first on some defining features of modernity, the course combines an examination of some key themes within classical sociological thought such as class, bureaucracy and order, before moving on to consider the relationship between such theorisation and a number of substantive areas of social research and debate. The central section of the course explores the role and meaning of modernist institutions and epistemologies through a case study of the Holocaust. The course concludes with a review of some current critiques of modernity.
    • Issues in contemporary policing
      This module offers an insight into key issues in contemporary policing. The module develops the student's understanding of the concepts of 'policing' and 'the police'. It explores a number of issues including: the historical origins of contemporary policing; the legitimacy of policing; police culture(s); the policing of private and public order; the privatisation of policing functions; the growth of transnational policing, together with an analysis of the significance of a human rights agenda for twenty-first century policing. It also considers the implications of globalisation for policing both on an organisational and conceptual level. Underlying such discussions is a critical focus on protection through a critical appreciation of the police function and role. 
    • Penal theory, policy and practice
      This module examines penal theory and practice in a theoretical, comparative and historical way, and engages critically with the theoretical justifications and policy proposals for punishment. The first part of this module examines the philosophical and historical bases of punishment in general and the prison in particular. The module focuses strongly on how the term crisis has been used to describe almost every aspect of the penal system. In particular it examines the background and current contexts of the crisis. The course also reflects on the concepts of 'place', 'space' and 'time' as sources of suffering and emphasises the significance of vulnerability and imprisonment. The course critically evaluates the future promise of the penal system through an examination of the issue of the privatisation of punishment and its role in future penal policy. 

    Plus one optional module from:

    • Making identities: citizenship, race and nation
      This course aims to examine the processes that have shaped key facets of identity in contemporary societies. It does this by exploring modern sociological approaches to the analysis of three key identities, namely those based on citizenship, race and nation. It seeks to situate the origins and development of the study of these phenomena in the context of debates about the formation of social identities in modern states and societies. By taking notions such as citizenship, race and nation and examining their inter-relationship the Module aims to provide a critical analysis of key sociological debates about the making of social and political identities. An important concern of the course throughout is to explore the changing understandings of 'citizenship', 'race' and 'nation'. This allows you to explore important theoretical questions and debates and encourages you to think critically about their utility for the analysis of specific historical processes and contemporary situations. The module will encourage you to think across the different boundaries of race and nation, gender and sexuality, as well as locality or environment in order to understand the different interrelationships between these forms of identity formation and citizenship in the modern world.
    • Work placement

    Year 3

    • Sociology for the 21st century
    • Politics and protest: new social and political movements
      This course will examine forms of social and political conflict characteristic of contemporary western societies. The main focus will be on understanding social movements and forms of political contention in the changing social structure of these societies. Although it has a contemporary western focus the course will situate discussion also in the context of historical and comparative material on social movements. The emphasis throughout however will be on examining the ability of social and political theory to understand the nature of political identity and its expression in social movements. 
    • Crime, criminology and modernity
      This module examines the emergence and development of criminology as an academic discipline in the context of the development of the human sciences and governmental needs of societies in the modern period. Whilst its main emphasis is on intellectual development It also explores how and in what ways such ideas come to be embodied in governmental policy, how this process transforms them and the conditions under which they decline both intellectually and in their application. 
    • Gender, crime and justice
      An understanding of both masculinities and femininities is central to this module. Drawing on feminist perspectives in criminological theory as well as more mainstream theoretical accounts, this module evaluates the evidence, which indicates that patterns of offending, victimisation and the workings of the main criminal justice agencies are gendered. The module also transgresses traditional debates in this area by considering a human rights perspective for the study of gender and crime. 
    • Sociology research project (double module)
      The final year project is a two semester independent research project.  Students have the opportunity to carry out a piece of in-depth research on the subject of their choice.  It gives students the chance to make use of knowledge gained on the course, for example: subject knowledge as well as research methods knowledge.  In addition students have the opportunity to show their ability to engage in more independent learning by helping to develop their own research question, finding appropriate background literature, conducting a research project that they have designed and writing up their findings.

    Employability

    Career opportunities

    A sociology degree gives you the freedom to choose any number of career paths, including teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, public relations, advertising, management, and media-related work, including journalism and programme research.

    However, it is the social and welfare profession – working as a social workers or a counsellor – which is probably the most popular career choice for sociology graduates.

    Counsellors spend time with people, generally on a one-to-one basis, helping them to talk about themselves in a safe and confidential environment. Social workers provide support and assistance to a host of individuals, families and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities.

    The starting salary for full-time counsellors is usually around £19,000-£26,000 a year, although part-time and voluntary work is quite common. Private practice counsellors generally charge £30-£50 an hour. (National Careers Service)

    Improving your employability

    We’ll enhance your employability through our thriving volunteering project, where students can work for the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, as well as for youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.

    Recent graduates from this course have become Research Assistants, School Teachers, School Student Mentors, Charity Workers and Marketing Assistants.

    Career progression

    If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Refugee Studies.

    The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research.

    Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    Placements

    Staff

    Dr Rashid Aziz

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

    Dr Rashid Aziz is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences.


    Dr Matthew Bond

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Course Director, Sociology

    Dr Matthew Bond is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Course Director of the Sociology undergraduate programme.


    Dr Christine Magill

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

    Dr Chris Magill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law and Social Sciences and Course Director for the MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods.


    Dr Lisa Pine

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Associate Professor

    Dr Pine currently teaches modules on 'Revolutions, Wars and the Making of the Modern World', 'War and Social Change in the Twentieth Century' and 'Genocide and Crimes against Humanity'.


    Dr Federica Rossi

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Lecturer in Criminology

    Dr Rossi is a Lecturer in Criminology. She teaches Criminology, Sociology and Political Science, with particular interest in the criminalisation of political movements, political violence, terrorism, victims.


    Edwin Shaw

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Lecturer in Criminology and Politics

    Edwin is a Lecturer in the Social Sciences Division, teaching and conducting research in politics and criminology.


    Dr Shaminder Takhar

    School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
    Job title: Associate Professor in Sociology

    Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology specialising in race, gender, sexuality and social justice. She is the research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences.


    Facilities

    Teaching and learning

    Study hours

    Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week. In addition, you'll be expected to devote time to independent study and attend personal tutorials.

    Research active academics

    You'll be taught by research active academics whose work is internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum.

    Online learning resources

    We also provide extensive virtual learning resources with access to core texts whenever you need it. You'll be assigned a personal tutor to help you settle in, and a wide range of support is available through LSBU's student services.

    Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
    Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
    Year 1 23% 77%
    Year 2 23% 77%
    Year 3 18% 82%

    Personal Academic Tutoring

    As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

    Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

    You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for an appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

    Entry requirements

    2018 Entry

    • A Level BCC or:
    • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
    • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
    • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
    • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

    We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

    Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

    How to apply

    Apply now for a full-time course starting this September through Clearing.

    Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors who’ll take you through your application.

    You can also speak to us in person at one of our clearing application sessions.

    If you’re applying for a health and social care course use our online application service.

    For more information visit our Clearing page.

    Part-time course

    Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

    International students

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    2019 entry

    International students

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    Mode
    Full-time
    Duration
    3 years
    Start date
    September
    Application code
    L390
    Application method

    For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

    For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

    For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

    Accommodation

    Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

    Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

    Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

    Finance

    You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

    Fees and funding

    Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

    Full-time
    The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
    AOS/LSBU code: 4100Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £39375

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

    Possible fee changes

    Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

    The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

    Scholarships

    We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

    International students

    As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

    Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

    Case studies

    Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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    Applicant events

    After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

    Enrolling

    Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

    Suggested reading list

    It is valuable to do some preparatory reading before you start the course, we suggest:

    • Macionis, J. and K. Plummer (2008) Sociology: a global introduction, Harlow: Prentice Hall. 
    • Fulcher, J. and J. Scott (2007) Sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
    • Giddens, A. (2008) Sociology, Cambridge: Polity Press. 
    • M. Maguire, R. Morgan and R. Reiner (2007) (4th edn) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

     
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    Contact information

    Course Enquiries - UK

    Tel: 0800 923 8888

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    Course Enquiries - EU/International

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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