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BA Sociology and Criminology

with Year Abroad

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
L39A
Course Type
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
Fees
For 2020/21:
£9,250 (Home/EU students) 
£18,420 (International Students) 
More fees and funding details.

The Sociology and Criminology with Year Abroad BA programme combines two distinct disciplines which provide insights into the nature of social deviance.

Sociology offers a core social science perspective which can both enhance and draw on insights from criminology whilst criminology is the study of ‘crime’ and its causes, and it will provide ways to understand social responses to crime

Students joining the BA Sociology and Criminology programme have an exciting opportunity to develop not just an understanding of both fields of study in their own right, but also, perhaps more crucially, an understanding of the relationships and conflicts generated by these respective fields. 

You will gain an understanding of the basic principles of social research, as well as looking into the strengths, weaknesses and uses of specific sources of data and research methods. 

Your third year on the Sociology and Criminology BA will be spent overseas 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 degree programme. 

 

 

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Modules

The programme has been carefully designed to advance your skills and knowledge each year: from broad, introductory level modules in the first year to specialist options and a substantial piece of independent research in the final year.

Throughout your degree, you will have the flexibility to tailor your options towards your career choice. During your second year you will have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement with a criminal justice agency/voluntary sector organisation.*

Modules for Year 1 

In your first year you will be introduced to degree level sociology and criminology through six core modules. These modules will outline key sociological and criminological concepts and ideas, and will also introduce you to the basics of research design and methods.

Core modules

  • Criminological Theory I
  • Violence in a Global Context
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Social Divisions
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part I
  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action Part 2 
  • Social Research I (Part 1)
  • Social Research I (Part 2)

To be able to take a year abroad you must have an average weighting of 60% by the end of this academic year.

Modules for Year 2

The second year of your degree builds on these foundations by developing your understanding of sociological and criminological theory. You will also receive more advanced methods training in data analysis which will help prepare you for your final year dissertation. 

Core modules

  • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Social Research II
  • Punishment in a Global Context
  • Criminological Theory II

You must then choose one of the following modules:

  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Poverty, Class & Inequality

You will choose your remaining credits from a range of optional modules, such as:

  • Doing Justice*
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Terror, Threat and Security
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Self and Society
  • Media and Society
  • Global Societies
  • Self & Society 
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Poverty, Class & Inequality

* Numbers on the Doing Justice module will be limited due to availability of placements (Students will be selected according to a criteria based on academic performance and attendance.)

During your second year you must also apply for a place at an overseas institution. Full information will be provided during your study and you are supported in making this application. Allocation of places for international exchanges is done by the international office (university-wide competition), alongside this there are a number of Erasmus exchange schemes you can consider. The Year Abroad tutor will assist you and be able to offer advice during your studies.

Year abroad

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. You will be required to choose from a range of modules provided by the host institution and which must be agreed by the exchange tutor.  

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 for Final Year

The focus of the third year is your independent, supervised dissertation which brings together your research skills on a project defined by you. Your training in key sociological ideas is completed with a module on Contemporary Social Theory, and you can then specialise in the areas of sociology and criminology that interest you most. Our teaching staff, who are active researchers, run options in their own specialist fields.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Social Theory

You must choose 2 of following modules

  • Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm, Social Justice 
  • Youth, Crime and Youth Justice 
  • Crime and the City

You will choose your remaining credits from a range of optional modules, such as:

  • Sociology of Personal Life 
  • Divided Publics?
  • Political Sociology
  • Technology and Society
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Quantitative Analysis II
  • ‘Freedom’? Control and Critique
  • Sociology of Success and Fame 
  • Sociology of Film
  • Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy
  • 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 2020. 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.

Fees

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2020, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Home/EU students

Full-time: £9,250

Overseas students

Full-time Band 1 (Classroom): £18,420

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards .


 


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com using code: L39A
Learn more about applying.

University of Birmingham's UCAS code number is B32.

UCAS

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
ABB
General Studies:
not accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all considered – learn more about entry requirements.

International Students

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall to include English

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching. Our staff are active researchers who want to share their enthusiasm for Sociology and Criminology with you. We believe teaching and learning should be both rigorous and enjoyable, and seek to involve students in continually developing our activities.

We advocate an enquiry-based approach to learning, which means that we encourage you to become an independent and self-motivated learner. Through the programme of study we offer, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates - qualities that will set you apart in your future career.

How will I be taught?

During your time as a Sociology and Criminology student at Birmingham, your learning will be facilitated through a blend of teaching, learning and assessment methods, and you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, classes and tutorials.

Learning settings

Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).

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Personal tutors

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham.

Support

We have dedicated welfare tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre's aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions to workshops on a range of topics including note taking, reading, writing and presentation skills.

Contact hours

For all undergraduate modules students attend 1 lecture and 1 seminar per week. In total, this will comprise 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars for each module during the course of theyear. 

Internships and work experience

We have developed a range of internships and funded work experience placements that will enhance both your professional and personal skills whilst giving you the practical experience that is required by almost all graduate employers. In addition to funding and support, we offer unique opportunities to help you to rise above the competition, with global internships and placements available.

Your Sociology and Criminology degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

As a Birmingham Sociology and Criminology graduate you will be well equipped for your chosen career or further study. In particular you will have gained the following skills:

  • Critical ability – to read, absorb and assess complex ideas and arguments about the contemporary world
  • Research skills – practical experience of designing and conducting research, including interviews, questionnaires and developing core skills to understand information
  • Presentational skills – to present your ideas and research in appropriate formats
  • The capacity to work alone or in groups – you will have gained experience of independent study and research as well as working, solving problems and debating ideas with others

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoringglobal internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Careers Fair in the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline, all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'investing in your future'.

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