Criminology and Sociology (BA (Hons))

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BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Criminology and Sociology at University of Kent

At Kent, Criminology and Sociology are taught in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research where you benefit from a large choice of specialist modules on race, social change, criminal justice, disability and the arts. Our academics are internationally recognised for their expertise in sociological theory and criminal justice policy. They are regularly asked by the government to provide insight on matters relevant for current policy developments Our degree programme In your first year, you study the fundamentals of sociological thinking and criminology. You then learn how to conduct and apply qualitative and quantitative sociological research. In your second and final years, you can choose from a range of options covering topics including environmentalism, gender, political change, crime, race, violence and work. There is also 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. Term abroad Students undertaking criminology joint degrees have the opportunity of spending the second term of their third year at San Diego State University in California as part of an international exchange programme. While at San Diego State, University of Kent criminology exchange students can select from a number of module options delivered by the well-respected School of Public Affairs, which offers courses in fields such as criminal justice and criminology, public affairs and administration, and urban and transborder studies. Please see our Go Abroad pages for information about spending a full year abroad at one of our partner institutions in North America, Asia or Europe. Study resources You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library. Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing. Extra activities There are a number of student-led societies which you may want to join such as: Socrates Society Feminist Society Kent Amnesty International. There are also events available throughout the year for students from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. These may include: research seminars and webcasts career development workshops informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.

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

Intellectual Skills

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.

Subject-specific skills

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.

Transferable skills

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.

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

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