City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Sociology

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This joint course considers how crime is defined, how criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy and why crime and justice have become defining issues for contemporary society. This course is suitable for students interested in developing the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates. This is especially relevant if you wish to pursue a career in sectors concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction. The degree's Q-Step Centre-affiliated Quantitative Methods pathway is particularly suitable if you wish to develop strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills. The BSc Criminology and Sociology course will develop your appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to social processes, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London. The course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates. This innovative degree is designed and delivered by academics whose research is recognised as world-leading in the field. Research informs its content and you will develop skills to conduct your own research into crime and society, accompanied by a range of other transferable skills. You can further your research and data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing Social Data
  • Sociology in Action
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Researching society: qualitative methods.
Year 2 Core modules:
  • Penology
  • Key Issues in Criminology.
You must then pick at least four core elective modules from the below with at least one being a methods core elective:
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Gender and Society
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods)
  • Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods).
Elective modules You can then choose up to three from the following:
  • News and Society
  • New Media Challenges
  • Violence
  • Gender and Crime
  • Visualising Society
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Work placement.
Year 3 Core modules:
  • Sociology Project
You must then pick two or three core elective modules from:
  • Policing
  • Youth Crime
  • Crime, Culture and the City
  • Property and Crime
  • Criminal Behaviour.
Elective modules: You can then choose up to three from the following:
  • Global Migration Process
  • Celebrity and Society
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • Education, Skills and the Job Market
  • Poverty: What counts?
  • Culture, Race, Difference
  • Changing ideas about society in the 21st century
  • Political Communication
  • Interrogating Consumer Culture
  • International Marketing of Culture
  • Global Politics of Forced Migration
- The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace

Assessment method

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research reports, group presentations and other assignments), unseen examinations and a final-year project. The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

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