Modules in the first year
The programme comprises a number of core modules designed to develop student's knowledge and research skills and to support the progression to more independent forms of study.
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Social Science, Social Problems and Social Policy
- Social Research I
- Introduction to Criminology
- Violence in a Global Context
Plus one optional module of up to 20 credits.
Modules in the second year
- Policy Analysis
- Social Research II
- Criminal Justice Systems
- Punishment in a Global Context
Students can choose either to apply for the 20-credit Doing Justice* Criminology module and 20 credits from the remaining options, or choose 40 credits from the following options:
- Social Theory and Social Policy
- Comparative Social Policy
- Poverty, Wealth, Class and Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
- Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
- Social Policy and Disability
- Terror, Threat and Security
- Managing Health and Social Care
- The Third Sector and Social Enterprise
- Housing and Communities
- Self and Society
- Media and Society
- Global Societies
*This module is limited in terms of the number of placements and requires students to apply.
Applicants must have secured 55% overall for their first year but successfully complete a pre-placement interview. Other placement opportunities are available via the Careers Service and Volunteering through the Guild of Students.
Our Social Policy, Criminology and Policy, Politics and Economics degrees offer a year abroad option. If selecting this option, your degree will follow the same programme as the standard BA in terms of Years 1 and 2. However, your third year will be spent abroad at a university in the EU or elsewhere in the world. After completing your year abroad, you will return for your fourth and final year to the same BA degree programme.
There are a wide range of countries and universities from which you can choose. As well as a range of European universities, you may also choose from a range of current institutional partners worldwide. These include countries in which a variety of languages are spoken, including universities at which courses are taught in English.
In recent years, students in the department have taken their year abroad in Australia, Canada, Denmark and the United States, among others.
Modules in the final year
To balance your Joint Honours you must then select two Criminology modules from:
- Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
- Youth Crime and Justice
- Crime and the City
Plus two options from the following:
- Prospects for Social Policy
- From Beveridge to May
- Quantitative Analysis I and Quantitative Analysis II
- Migration and Super Diversity
- Your Money and Your Life
- Sociology of Personal Life
- Divided Publics
- Doing or Not Doing God? Religion, Policy and Politics
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Political Sociology
- Technology and Society
- ‘Freedom’, Control and Critique
- Professional Development Module
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.