Sociology with Criminology BSc (Hons)
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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.
7 reasons to study here
- Fulfilling careers: Top.3 London modern for graduate prospects in Sociology (Guardian University Guide League Table, 2017).
- Expert teaching: No.2 London modern university for Research Intensity and Research Quality in Sociology (Guardian University League Table, 2017).
- Rated highly: No.2 London University overall in Criminology (Guardian University League Table, 2018).
- Industry relevant: Our courses in this field provide the practical experience employers demand.
- Overall excellence: No.2 in London Modern Universities for overall score and graduate prospects in Sociology (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
- Academic progression: Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
- Work experience: There is a voluntary work placement scheme.
This degree course covers...
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
- equality and diversity
- penal theory and practice
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The course modules address a variety of topics that will develop your understanding of power inequalities, sociological thought, and processes of social change and development. Methods of assessment for course overall: 62% coursework
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
A sociology with Criminology degree can lead you down many routes – it depends where your passion lies; possibly working to help people or marketing and business. This degree gives you the freedom to choose any number of career paths; including teaching, social work, counselling, probation, policing, prison services, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, public relations, advertising and management; as well as media-related work, including journalism and programme research. You'll also be well placed to go into research, or work for criminal justice, social or youth work organisations.
Enhancing your employability
The course will enhance your employability through the employment skills components of many of the course modules, and through our thriving volunteering project which involves students in voluntary work in the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
Recent graduates from this course have become Early Years Workers, Housing Project Coordinators and Citizens Advice Bureau Administration Assistants.
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 Criminology and Social Research Methods, MA Refugee Studies, MSc Development Studies.
The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research.
LSBU Employability Service
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LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.
As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.
Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
- Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
- Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
- Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
- Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
- Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university
Voluntary work placement scheme
In keeping with our applied approach to social and policy studies this Department has a strong voluntary work placement scheme. Our students have found their voluntary work experiences to be highly valuable. Through them they contribute to real world situations linked to their subject of interest. In many cases such involvement has enabled students to maintain a relationship with the organisation, by becoming a topic for their dissertation or a continued working relationship. Placements ground a student's experience, provide confidence and immeasurably bolster a CV.
The importance of a placement
Work placements are encouraged for Sociology and Politics students. Last year students successfully completed varying placements including working in Simon Hughes consistency office (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) and a placement at the European Parliament in Brussels. Academic staff actively develop their networks with external organisations to enable placement opportunities.
Our social policy students have taken up work placements at Chance UK (a unique early intervention mentoring organisation who provide adult volunteer mentors to work with children aged 5-11 years at risk of developing anti-social behaviour in later life); Kairos in Soho (a pan-London LGBT Community Development Organisation); the Naz Project London (a sexual health organisation that works to mobilise Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in relation to HIV and other sexual health concerns); Richmond Advice and Information on Disability (RAID); and Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) one of the UK's largest charities and voluntary organisations who aim to give older people the opportunity and choice to get more out of life.
Dr Matthew Bond is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Course Director of the Sociology undergraduate programme.
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.
Teaching and learning
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.
Brief assessment outline
Modules are assessed by essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, examinations, reports, portfolios of work, document analysis and final year dissertation.
Research active academics
You'll be taught by research active academics whose work is nationally and internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum.
The lively and dynamic teaching team places particular emphasis on understanding the cultural diversity of contemporary society and on the construction of social identities based on sexuality, race, gender, religion, class and other substantive contemporary social issues.
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- 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.
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How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Possible fee changes
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Moving to New York in 1999 with just $800 in her pocket and a suitcase full of shoes, Claudine Moore now heads her own successful PR company.
How an interest in TV crime has propelled one LSBU student into an exciting career.
Senior Lecturer in Criminology Helen Easton has been working with charities in Glasgow to establish best practice for helping women to exit prostitution
Diana came to London South Bank University (LSBU) through clearing and studied Sociology BSc (Hons), which was her favourite course at A levels.
Olivia chose Criminology at London South Bank University (LSBU) because she had a strong desire to help people with her degree and later career.
Prepare to start
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Applicant Open Days
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Enrolment and Induction
Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.
In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
Students can prepare themselves for the course by reading one of the texts listed or by informing themselves of developments in the news by reading quality newspapers or through news bulletins on television or radio.
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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