Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code LM39 BSC/CRS

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About this course 2018/19

On joining this course you will become part of an exciting, dynamic and distinctive university department which has received continued praise for their high quality, research-rich teaching and learning experience.

100% of Criminology and Sociology students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

You will have the option to apply for a relevant work placement – for instance, in a prison or police station – and learn from lecturers who are also leading researchers in a variety of cutting-edge research fields in criminology and sociology.  You can take part in modules that speak to our other thought-provoking specialisms within criminology (e.g. victimisation, sex work) and sociology (e.g. happiness, international development), offering synergised breadth and depth across both disciplines.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

Learn from the best

Northumbria offers expertise and teaching across a wide variety of topics within Criminology and Sociology. All of our staff have either doctorates or extensive professional experience in the criminology/the criminal justice sector, and the Sociology teaching team received the British Sociological Association award for quality and innovative teaching (2014).

Both criminologists and sociologists on the course produce research outputs of international quality according to the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). A number of our criminologists and sociologists play leading roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of leading disciplinary journals.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

This course is designed to be responsive to your needs in providing a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of social and criminological theory as well as deepening your research skills.

This combination of modules is designed to help you to engage with contemporary debates, drawing on lectures and seminars which will allow you to explore how the divisions of Criminology and Sociology undertake research through critically assessing the work of others as well as conducting original empirical research.

The Sociology department has also developed a blog to keep you up-to-date with current and relevant debates in the subject, and share the latest department news.

Learning Environment

Throughout the course we make use of current technology to enhance our teaching practices and ensure that your learning experiences are interactive, dynamic and extend beyond the traditional lecture/classroom environment. For example, in lectures and seminars we use mobile technology software (e.g. Socrative) so that you are able to participate and engage in real time.

We complement our classroom learning through our online virtual learning environment, where we direct you to electronic learning sources and compose video podcasts and online quizzes to consolidate and evaluate your acquired knowledge. We develop your technology skills to prepare you for the world of work by asking you to collaborate with your peers on tasks using web-based platforms (e.g. PebblePad) and to design posters and webpages for assessments. 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

The course is focused on research-rich teaching and learning, developing your research skills as the course progresses. As part of our teaching agenda, you will be able to learn, for example, about green criminology and environmental injustices from our ‘hub’ of green criminologists. All core and option modules within the degree are research-led in this way, drawing directly on staff research expertise.

Our research strengths are demonstrated in our research outputs. We publish in leading, peer reviewed journals, with our research funded by leading institutions and organisations. A number of our criminologists and sociologists play prominent roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of key disciplinary journals. This guarantees genuine quality behind our research-informed teaching.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Our graduates stand out from their peers. You will be equipped with the intellectual and practical skills to be a critical and reflective member of society, and a desirable candidate to employers.

We place a very real emphasis on skills that are eminently transferable and that will be valuable in future employment. You will develop writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups, all of which will be vitally important in your career. You will also learn about the ways in which criminal justice agencies operate and about the challenges faced by these agencies, giving you an excellent grounding for jobs within related organisations. 

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Your Future

Our graduates have a mature intellectual curiosity which allows them to explore the relationship between crime, justice and society on the one hand, and link individual actions to social structures on the other. An active and responsible member of global society, you will use your knowledge to think independently and to challenge the opinions and conduct of others. You will recognise the value of your discipline in shaping society through critical evidence-based responses to crime and criminal justice problems.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers including 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 business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.

About this course 2019/20

On joining this course you will become part of an exciting, dynamic and distinctive university department which has received continued praise for their high quality, research-rich teaching and learning experience.

100% of Criminology and Sociology students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

You will have the option to apply for a relevant work placement – for instance, in a prison or police station – and learn from lecturers who are also leading researchers in a variety of cutting-edge research fields in criminology and sociology.  You can take part in modules that speak to our other thought-provoking specialisms within criminology (e.g. victimisation, sex work) and sociology (e.g. happiness, international development), offering synergised breadth and depth across both disciplines.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

Learn from the best

Northumbria offers expertise and teaching across a wide variety of topics within Criminology and Sociology. All of our staff have either doctorates or extensive professional experience in the criminology/the criminal justice sector, and the Sociology teaching team received the British Sociological Association award for quality and innovative teaching (2014).

Both criminologists and sociologists on the course produce research outputs of international quality according to the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). A number of our criminologists and sociologists play leading roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of leading disciplinary journals.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

This course is designed to be responsive to your needs in providing a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of social and criminological theory as well as deepening your research skills.

This combination of modules is designed to help you to engage with contemporary debates, drawing on lectures and seminars which will allow you to explore how the divisions of Criminology and Sociology undertake research through critically assessing the work of others as well as conducting original empirical research.

The Sociology department has also developed a blog to keep you up-to-date with current and relevant debates in the subject, and share the latest department news.

Learning Environment

Throughout the course we make use of current technology to enhance our teaching practices and ensure that your learning experiences are interactive, dynamic and extend beyond the traditional lecture/classroom environment. For example, in lectures and seminars we use mobile technology software (e.g. Socrative) so that you are able to participate and engage in real time.

We complement our classroom learning through our online virtual learning environment, where we direct you to electronic learning sources and compose video podcasts and online quizzes to consolidate and evaluate your acquired knowledge. We develop your technology skills to prepare you for the world of work by asking you to collaborate with your peers on tasks using web-based platforms (e.g. PebblePad) and to design posters and webpages for assessments. 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

The course is focused on research-rich teaching and learning, developing your research skills as the course progresses. As part of our teaching agenda, you will be able to learn, for example, about green criminology and environmental injustices from our ‘hub’ of green criminologists. All core and option modules within the degree are research-led in this way, drawing directly on staff research expertise.

Our research strengths are demonstrated in our research outputs. We publish in leading, peer reviewed journals, with our research funded by leading institutions and organisations. A number of our criminologists and sociologists play prominent roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of key disciplinary journals. This guarantees genuine quality behind our research-informed teaching.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Our graduates stand out from their peers. You will be equipped with the intellectual and practical skills to be a critical and reflective member of society, and a desirable candidate to employers.

We place a very real emphasis on skills that are eminently transferable and that will be valuable in future employment. You will develop writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups, all of which will be vitally important in your career. You will also learn about the ways in which criminal justice agencies operate and about the challenges faced by these agencies, giving you an excellent grounding for jobs within related organisations. 

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

Our graduates have a mature intellectual curiosity which allows them to explore the relationship between crime, justice and society on the one hand, and link individual actions to social structures on the other. An active and responsible member of global society, you will use your knowledge to think independently and to challenge the opinions and conduct of others. You will recognise the value of your discipline in shaping society through critical evidence-based responses to crime and criminal justice problems.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers including 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 business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.

Course info

UCAS Code LM39 BSC/CRS

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

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