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Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU059

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Combining two exciting and complementary disciplines, this fascinating degree explores some of society’s most pressing issues in relation to inequality, deviance and marginality.

Our course has been designed with input from the British Sociological Association and our experienced teaching staff includes qualified educationalists, active researchers and experts in areas such as race, gender, media, sexuality, sport, class identities, deviancy, punishment and crime.

We have excellent links with local organisations and employers, many of whom provide work placements, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and local Council.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons)Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation

Course information

If you have a curious, analytical mind and are interested in crime and its effects on individuals, offenders and society at large, this course aims to engage you in challenging, often emotive debate around issues such as ethnicity, racism and sexism.

Underpinned by core sociological and criminological theories and research methods, our degree focuses on the impact of crime and criminal justice in a broad social and global context – its effect on individuals, families, communities and workplaces. We will draw on case studies from around the world, rather than exclusively from Britain, the USA and other ‘Western’ nations. Previously, we have compared issues such as refugees and patterns of immigration and integration in Gothenburg.

86%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In Sociology, we will explore a range of key contemporary social issues, including: globalisation and development, modernity and postmodernity, inequality and social exclusion, media and culture, the family and gender relations, the city and urbanisation and crime and deviance.

In the Criminology components of the course, you will be introduced to theories of crime, deviance, control and punishment and develop rich understanding of the workings of criminal justice institutions such as the police, the law courts and prisons.

We will encourage you to challenge some of the typical preconceptions about the nature of crime and disorder. In doing so, you should develop strong analytical abilities, enabling you to cast a perceptive and critical eye on the world and convey your ideas and views effectively, skills which are beneficial in any number of careers.

Modules

  • Race and Racism: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Understanding Society

  • Gender and Society

  • Introducing Criminology

  • Controlling Crime

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Throughout your studies, we try to embed real-life experience of social policy and will attend a range of events and conferences, often featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries.

For example, in the past, students have attended the British Sociological Association Annual Conference and the Coventry University ‘Sociology Speaking Seminar Series’ and witnessed debate about issues, policy and laws around areas such as social justice, media, immigration and current political affairs.

Modules

  • A Graduate Career

  • Researching Social Life

  • Tradition and Controversy in Social theory

  • Prisons and Punishment

  • Policing and Society

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Global Inequality and Development
    • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression
    • Leisure, Consumption and Tourism
    • Identity, Selfhood and Personal Relationships

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

Placements in the UK have included Prison Support Officers, Student Advocacy and Refugee Worker, youth Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Support Workers, Management Trainees, Event Co-ordinators and Marketing Placements.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the programme allows for greater personalisation with a choice of two optional modules. In Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics, for example, we look at sport as an aspect of social life often taken for granted as a simple form of ‘leisure’ or ‘entertainment’, when in reality it is an important social activity which produces and reinforces ideas, values, individual and collective identities, social structure and relations. We will consider a range of case studies, like the 1936 ‘Nazi Olympics’ in Berlin and debates on the biological and racial basis of athletic ability.

Modules

  • Current Issues in Criminology

  • Crime and Social Diversity

  • Dissertation

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Work and Society
    • Media, Culture and Communication
    • Family Life and Social Change
    • Field Trip Module
    • Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • 86% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics ranging from Islamic Relief, Think Ahead (social work Programme), Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Excellent professional links with employers including local city councils (including Coventry and Hillingdon), Refugee Centre and the National Health Service.
  • Develop the skills employers desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication, analysis, critical thinking and report writing.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting fieldtrips abroad, which have previously included visits to Istanbul to explore the cultural similarities and uniqueness’ with the UK
  • Wide choice of modules allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interest, in topics such as global inequality and development or sex, sexuality, power and oppression.
  • Vibrant student society – History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology (Humanities Society) – organises a range of social and academic activities, recently visiting the Imperial War Museum in London.
  • The teaching of criminology at Coventry is ranked as the UK’s 17th top university in the Guardian University Guide 2017 and is officially recognised by Skills for Justice, the sector skills council and standards setting body for the justice sector

Links with national and local employers including the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Your main study themes are:

  • Understanding Society: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of sociology as an academic discipline in the broadest sense. They will be introduced to a number of key thinkers and sociological concepts. These ideas will be used to examine key aspects of social life and contemporary societies.

  • Race and Racism: The aim of this module is to examine historical and contemporary debates and issues associated with race and racism. The module also examines issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing.

  • Gender and Society: This module introduces students to studies of gender and society. It offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which social structures and institutions create and reproduce gender relations and to consider this in relation to the experiences of women and men.

  • Controlling Crime: This module introduces students to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention and criminal justice. It focuses on informal controls within communities as well as formal controls administered by the principal criminal justice agencies: police, courts and prisons.

  • Crime and Social Diversity This module explores crime in relation to a range of social diversity issues including: social class and status; age; gender and sexuality; race, racialization and criminalisation; culture in a contemporary capitalist context. 

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. It has intakes in September 

It is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.

We place great emphasis on gaining work experience and support students who wish to undertake a year’s placement abroad with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

Closer to home, we will encourage you to gain experience in voluntary roles with local organisations, such as the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Citizens Advice, Changing Paths (Charity) and for the Council on Addiction in Northampton.

We aim to regularly introduce contemporary issues into the classroom. For example, we might discuss a topical issue in the news, such as representations and perceptions of terrorism, youth crime and Brexit. We use real-life case studies and field trips to compare issues such as urban development and patterns of immigration between Coventry and Gothenburg (additional costs and availability may apply). We also explore organised crime and anti-mafia organisations in Sicily.

We incorporate a variety of assessment methods including: formal exams, dissertation, essays, reflective journal, case studies, seen exams, poster presentations, digital story, policy report, group presentations and interviews.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 50%

50% assessed by exams

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: classical and modern debates in sociological theory; sociological research techniques and the relationship between argument and evidence; relationships between methodological, epistemological and ontological questions; comparative social development and the social processes underpinning social change; relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions; key debates and issues in contemporary study of crime; major theoretical approaches to the to the study of crime; the relationship between individuals, groups and social institutions in relation to criminology; issues of criminal justice in the UK.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting, analysing, evaluating and communicating sociological information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively, critically and analytically about key issues.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work each week
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops each week
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures, online discussions and web-based activities each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 23 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures or revising.

One of the main features of this course is its international focus. Our lecturers come from all over the world and have expertise in international issues, global development and comparative sociology.

There are opportunities for overseas fieldtrips, study or placements abroad. For example, in recent years, students have studied on a range of sociology related and non-directly sociology related courses at universities in Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands (subject to application and possible additional costs).

Our Study Trip module provides further opportunities for international experiences and has previously facilitated visits to Krakow, Berlin, Istanbul, Poland, Sarajevo and Gothenburg where students have visited a number of significant social, cultural and political spaces such as Auschwitz and the military airport of Boccadifalco (additional costs may apply).

For those students who are not engaged in any of the above activities, we also run an International Week, where, among various events and activities, you will hear from international speakers and view international films.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I am working at Coventry City Mission, which is a Christian charity based in Wood End, an area of Coventry in high deprivation, and the mission run various projects to reach out to the most needy in that community. I started volunteering there about a year and seven months ago whilst at University, helping at the groups we run, which are for kids aged between seven and 14 who are usually known to the police and/or experiencing real difficulties at home, and express some very challenging behaviour. I believe volunteering at the mission alongside studying social sciences really helped me and gave me great experience in the 'real' side of what I was studying

Sophie Sweatman, BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now a Children’s Worker at Coventry City Mission

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU059
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons)Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons)Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation

Career prospects

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will help set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.

Our Creative Futures Unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance that can help you develop the transferrable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates are now employed by police forces and probation services, as well as across the public sector in education, the civil service, local authorities, charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Many also work in the private sector in marketing and advertising, media and communications, and in human resources management.

£18k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons)Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.