Understand the causes of crime and how society responds to it. Investigate current issues, debates and trends surrounding crime and the criminal justice system. Gain real-world experience volunteering in roles within the criminal justice system and graduate with a qualification in Criminology. What makes an act a crime? Who is a criminal? Why do people commit crime? How do they stop offending? What makes someone vulnerable to victimisation? We recognise a Criminology degree is is a diverse area of study and so we offer you the opportunity to choose from these four specialist course routes: BSc (Hons) Criminology (UCAS code M930) The generic Criminology route will allow you to explore the key issues and debates around crime and victimisation in society today, covering topical and dynamic content, and reflecting current issues, policy and practice within the criminal justice system. You'll understand the causes and consequences of crime and how we manage and respond to it as a society. We provide extensive opportunities for you to volunteer and gain career-relevant experience to ensure you graduate with the transferable skills, broad knowledge-base, and critical awareness that studying for a Criminology degree provides. You will take part in continuous training to become a social researcher – which is a valuable extra skill to have for future employment. If you want to work with some of the most vulnerable and dangerous people in society, we will help to equip you with the skills to do it. BSc (Hons) Criminology: Criminology and Criminal Justice (UCAS code M931) The Criminology and Criminal Justice pathway will provide you with a working knowledge of criminological thought and detailed investment in more specific issues, debates, and research regarding the criminal justice system, and processes of justice more generally. You'll develop detailed knowledge and critical awareness of theoretical approaches to and practice-based implementations of criminal justice systems; issues regarding the rights and access/barriers to justice for victims of crime and harm; and processes of offender management, governance, and rehabilitation. BSc (Hons) Criminology: Vulnerability and Social Care (UCAS code M932) The Vulnerability and Social Care pathway will provide you with a strong working knowledge of theory and research on vulnerable populations and practice-based approaches to counselling and safeguarding policies. It emphasises the development of critical awareness and practitioner approaches to social policies aimed at addressing social inequalities and social care; vulnerable populations and victimisation processes within public, domestic, and institutional contexts; approaches to safeguarding and accountability; and core counselling skills, practices, and help strategies. BSc (Hons) Criminology: Inequality and Social Justice (UCAS code M933) The Inequality and Social Justice pathway specialises in criminological issues which intersect with social inequalities such as gender, sex, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. A strong emphasis is placed on social justice, such as persecution, exploitation, and discrimination – issues that, more often than not, escape conventional notions of criminal justice. It emphasises the development of detailed knowledge and critical awareness of theoretical and empirical relationships between power, inequalities, and social change, especially in relation to the impact of globalisation; global and local issues regarding diversity, discrimination, and human rights; and theories and practices of exploitation, hatred, and persecution in relation to issues such as homophobia and sex work.
A list of module descriptors can be found on the University website.
You will be able to develop specialities in criminology in the areas which most interests you and graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for a fulfilling career. These specialist pathways include: policing, surveillance and crime prevention; inequality, diversity and gender-based violence; psychology, mental health and offending; race, racism and criminal justice; and young people, crime and justice. The additional pathway of 'applied criminology' allows you to undertake a placement in criminology. From this, you will gain valuable work experience. Furthermore, as part of the 'applied' pathway, you will have the opportunity to visit a criminal court or prison, as well as hear from practitioners. Finally, you are able to take advantage of ample volunteering opportunities offered to you, in relevant work organisations. This course is taught via lectures, seminars, group work, computer-based learning, and independent study. Your progress will be assessed with written coursework, research projects, presentations, and exams. Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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University of Sunderland
Edinburgh Building, City Campus
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0191 515 3000