This joint degree course explores how societies develop and change and the role of individuals in relation to social groups, institutions and global forces. We study the core principles of crime and criminal justice, together with social theory, social policy analysis and social justice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will also be expected to conduct your own piece of supervised research in an area of your choice. This can be done as a 10,000 word research project or as an audio-visual documentary. In the past, students have explored issues such as media representations of deviancy, the racialisation of crime and violence and gender.