On our Criminology and Sociology degree you consider the criminal justice system and explore theoretical positions within sociology and criminology. You'll gain a strong theoretical grounding, analytical expertise and the communication skills needed to kickstart a successful career in a wide range of fields.
Reasons to study Criminology and Sociology at Kent
Ranked 1st in the UK for research quality in The Times Good University Guide 2022.Kickstart your career in the police force, criminal justice or the crown court.Learn from world-leading teachers and researchers in the social sciences.Study contemporary social issues and through a wide range of modules.Our School is consistently ranked among the top four disciplinary centres of its kind in the UK for Criminology.Boost your employability with a year at one of our partner institutions.You will graduate ready to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market with key transferable knowledge and skills that appeal to employers.
What you'll learn
You are introduced to the fundamentals of sociological thinking and criminology before learning how to conduct and apply qualitative and quantitative sociological research. You choose from a wide range of modules covering topics such as environmentalism, gender, political change, crime, race, violence and work.
You also have the option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about which could be related directly to your career path, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.
See the modules you'll study
We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the principal concepts and theoretical approaches in criminology and sociology.
- the social processes that shape contemporary society and the relationships between groups
- the ways in which images of crime and notions of crime are constructed and represented
- the origins and development of UK criminal justice policy institutions
- the principles that underlie criminal justice policy, how they have changed over time and how they relate to the workings of particular agencies of welfare and crime control
- contemporary issues and debates in specific areas of criminology and criminal justice
- the main sources of data about crime and social welfare and a grasp of the research methods used to collect and analyse data
- patterns of social diversity and inequality and their origins and consequences
- interdisciplinary approaches to issues in criminology and sociology and the ability to use ideas from other social science
You develop intellectual skills in:
- problem-solving and the ability to seek solutions to crime criminal behaviour and other social problems and individual needs
- research, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question
- evaluation and analysis, to assess the outcomes of criminal justice, crime prevention and social policy intervention on individuals and communities
- sensitivity to the values and interests of others and to the dimensions of difference.
- interpretation of both research data and official statistics.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- identification and use of theories and concepts in criminology to analyse issues of crime and criminal justice
- identification, use and application of sociological theories and concepts to analyse social issues
- seeking out and using statistical data relevant to issues of crime and criminal justice
- seeking out and using statistical data relevant to social issues
- undertaking an investigation of an empirical issue, either on your own or with other students
- understanding the nature and appropriate use, including the ethical implications, of diverse social research strategies and methods
- distinguishing between technical, normative, moral and political questions.
You gain transferable skills in:
- studying and learning independently, using library and internet sources
- developing an appetite for learning and being reflective, adaptive and collaborative in your approach
- making short presentations to fellow students and staff
- communicating ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form
- preparing essays and referencing the material quoted according to conventions in social policy
- using IT to wordprocess, conduct online searches, communicate by email and access data sources
- time management by delivering academic work on time and to the required standard
- working with others: developing interpersonal and team work skills to enable you to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and deliver results.
The programme aims to:
- produce graduates with analytical and knowledge-based skills relevant to employment in the professions, public service and the private sector
- provide a broad knowledge and understanding of key concepts, debates and theoretical approaches in criminology and sociology, and the relationship between criminology and sociology
- develop new areas of teaching in response to needs of the community
- promote an understanding of contemporary social issues and of the impact of diversity and inequality on the local and national communities
- provide an understanding of the social processes that influence the relationship between individuals, groups and institutions
- understand the emergence of social problems (including crime) and the responses of welfare and criminal justice institutions, including analysis of the theoretical, political and economic underpinnings of these responses
- help students to link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry and to identify and understand different ideological positions
- develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature and appropriate use of research methods used in social science research
- teach students key writing, research and communications skills
- give students the skills and abilities to enable them to become informed citizens, capable of participating in the policy process and equipped for a dynamic labour market.