Sociology and Criminology are two distinct disciplines that when combined provide insights into the nature of social deviance, and this Joint Honours programme gives students an exciting opportunity to explore the inter-relationships between the two subjects.
Sociology offers a core social science perspective which can both enhance and draw on insights from Criminology. Sociology’s theoretically-driven, macro focus on social structures, institutions and group actors offers a way of locating applied criminological topics in their social context. In addition, the ‘micro’ aspects of the sociological tradition (a distinctive feature of the programme that we offer here at Birmingham) have been a longstanding influence upon criminology research.
Criminology is the study of ‘crime’ and its causes, as well as providing ways to understand social responses to crime. It offers distinctive insights into the nature of social non-conformity, ‘harm’ and ‘control’ that challenge and energise traditional sociological approaches to topics such as stratification, integration, conflict and inequality. Students joining this 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.
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As well as understanding theoretical approaches in both fields, students will learn to find how patterns emerge across these topics socially, and how deviance, control and social harms are represented and responded to via policymaking, mass social media, and public opinion. Students 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.
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.
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:
- 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
Modules for Year 1
- Social Research I
- Introduction to Criminology
- Violence in a Global Context
- The Sociological Imagination
- Introduction to Social Divisions
Choose one of the following:
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Social Science, Social Problems and Social Policy
- Philosophies of Welfare
- Widening Horizons Module
Modules for Year 2
- Modern Sociological Theory
- Social Research II
- Criminal Justice Systems
- Punishment in a Global Context
Students must then choose one of the following core Sociology modules:
- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective
- Gender and Sexuality
- Poverty, Class and Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
Choose one of the following modules:
- Doing Justice**
- Comparative Social Policy
- Poverty, Class and Inequality*
- `Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective*
- Social Policy and Disability
- Terror, Threat and Security
- Global Education: Issues, Opportunities, Futures
- Education Policy and Social Justice
- The Third Sector and Social Enterprise
- Housing and Communities
- Managing Health and Social Care
- Self and Society
- Media and Society
- Global Societies
* if not taken as core
**This module is limited to eight placements and requires students to apply. Applicants must have secured 55% overall for their first year and successfully complete a pre-placement interview. Other placement opportunities are available via the Careers Service and Volunteering through the Guild of Students.
Final Year modules
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm, Social Justice and/or
- Youth, Crime and Youth Justice and/or
- Crime and the City
- From Beveridge to May: The Political History of the Welfare State From the Second World War to the Present Day
- Prospects for British Social Policy
- New Migration and Super Diversity
- Sociology of Personal Life
- Divided Publics
- Your Money and Your Life: From Welfare State to Personal Finance
- Doing or Not Doing God? Religion, Policy and Politics
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Political Sociology
- Technology and Society
- ‘Freedom’ and Control
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.
For UK students beginning their studies in September 2018, 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.
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fees and funding.
Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2018-19
Overseas students entering in 2018-19
Fee Band (Undergraduate)
Band 1 (Classroom)
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.
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scholarships and awards
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£17,040 (International Students)
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- General Studies:
- not accepted
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.
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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Birmingham 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.
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 mentoring, global 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.
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'.
Birmingham has transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Clubs and societies
The Guild has over 200 Societies, community volunteering groups and associations for you to join; they cover every topic and activity that you can think of - there really is something for everyone.
Shape your academic experience
Choose to study here and you will have a Student Representative, who works with the University and Students' Union on issues that directly affect students. You could even become one yourself. Not only would you be making a difference to the academic student experience, but you would also be developing transferable skills for the future.
Find out more on the Guild of Students website
Coming to Birmingham might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.
The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.
Our students fall in love with the city - over 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.