Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus
This degree encourages students to consider and critically analyse crime and criminal justice in its social context and to explore key aspects of society as well as processes of social change.
Students explore the changing nature of society, inequality, and global issues in the contemporary world as well as crime and criminal justice in these contexts. Students will examine the causes of crime, wider issues of social order and social control and critically evaluate specific social and criminological processes and institutions and the policies and strategies that have been developed to confront crime and social disorder.
The degree will equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical, comparative and contemporary nature of crime, criminal justice and society in a global and transnational context and provide the opportunity for students to pursue their own interests in Years 2 and 3 through a wide choice of option modules.
Students will engage with relevant practitioners and organisations in order to develop the core knowledge and skills that support future employment or further study.
Opportunities for accredited and non accredited volunteering are also available as this is an experience that employers often look for. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance understanding of issues raised in the classroom.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Your knowledge and understanding of the subject will be acquired via lectures, seminars, one-to-one and group tutorials and small subject-specific sessions delivered by research-active experts in the field. You will participate in work-based activities which will help you to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of research, investigation, presentation and employability – all leading to the development of transferrable skills which are relevant and attractive to potential employers.
There are opportunities for accredited placements and non-accredited volunteering. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance your understanding of issues raised in the classroom.
You are assessed by a range of methods including written essays, seminar logs, workbooks, presentations, examinations and case studies.
The principles of 'assessment for learning' underpin this programme. This means that assessment is not simply a measure of progress but the means of enhancing and enabling your achievement.
Graduates have a repertoire of competencies and skills as articulate individuals who have been encouraged to consider, summarise and present difficult issues in a rigorous fashion. This puts them in a strong position to enter a variety of professions.
Our graduates are working in managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors such as local and central government, the police, the probation service, the prisons system, community safety, health agencies, the civil service and various research posts. Others move into careers in business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising. Some choose a dedicated career path by taking an additional qualification and entering the teaching, social work, probation and legal professions. For others, academic study at postgraduate level is a popular choice and a number of these students continue on to successful study at doctoral level.
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