Sociology with Criminology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective. This degree is aimed at those who want to understand how modern societies are structured, but also for those with an interest in crime and criminality. This interdisciplinary degree will give you the skills and experience to pursue a wide range of careers. Why study BA Sociology with Criminology at Goldsmiths

  • You'll be taught by researchers at the cutting edge of criminological and sociological research on urban crime, control and security, and globalisation and crime. And, as part of a tight-knit group of students, you'll benefit from the support and expertise of your teachers throughout your degree.
  • This Sociology with Criminology degree brings issues of social inequality and social justice to the foreground. You will learn how ‘race’, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control.
  • We are international in our outlook: students learn about crime and control in the UK and beyond.
  • You’ll be encouraged to take on a work placement that matches your interests and aspirations. You could find yourself supporting a victim of crime, attending court, or mentoring young people.
  • Based in New Cross, a changing area of south London, we’ll take you on walking tours of the local area so you’ll be able to see how theories learnt in lectures apply to the local community.
  • Studying at Goldsmiths means you’ll study in one of the world’s leading sociology departments. We've been rated top 10 in the UK for Sociology in the QS World University Rankings 2023.


This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study:

  • how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order
  • how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently
the growth and development of the modern state, the formation of modern society and culture
  • social control, policing, surveillance and security
  • crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence
  • research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics
Our intention is that you consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. Year 1 (credit level 4) The first year of this programme will introduce you to sociological knowledge and training, but it will also offer an understanding of criminology in the context of the nation-state. You will take the following compulsory modules: Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Methods of Worldmaking 1 Crime, Control and the State 1a Crime, Control and the State 1b Culture and Society You'll also take one of the following modules: Culture and Society B Critical Readings: the Emergence of the Sociological Imagination 1B Imaginative Criminology Year 2 (credit level 5) The second year will give you the chance to explore crime and criminology in a global context, considering crime and global inequality, migration, international relations and trade, and state crimes and human rights. This learning will help to frame your third-year dissertation research. You study the following compulsory modules, including The Goldsmiths Elective. This module is interdisciplinary, and gives you the opportunity to study another discipline from a list of relevant modules in other departments across the University. Methods of Worldmaking 2 Criminal Justice in Context Governing Everyday Life The Goldsmiths Elective You'll then take optional modules from across the Department of Sociology. The list of optional modules is produced annually, and may include the following: Sociology Work Placement Goldsmiths’ Social Change Module Law and Contemporary Society Religion, Crime, and Law Crimes Against Humanity The Making of the Modern World Gender, ‘Race’ and Crime Explaining Crime Knowledge and Subjectivity Social Change and Political Action Leisure, Culture and Society London Sociology of Culture and Communication Central Issues in Sociological Analysis Migration in Context Food and Taste Year 3 (credit level 6) Your final year will be a mixture of compulsory and option modules as well as an in-depth dissertation in a subject area of your choice. You will take the following compulsory modules: Confronting the climate crisis Dissertation You will also study 5 option modules. Option modules offered recently include: Citizenship and Human Rights Race, Racism and Social Theory Law, Identity and Ethics Globalisation, Crime and Justice Crime, Control and the City Crimes of the Powerful Privacy, Surveillance and Security Social Theory Through Film Identity and Contemporary Social Theory Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life Visual Explorations of The Social World Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Thinking Animals Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction Subjectivity, Health and Medicine Thinking with Others, Philosophy and Cultural Difference Experiment Earth Sciences Politics Disasters Police, Prisons and Power From Criminal Justice to Social Justice Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Sociology with Criminology at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS