Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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Course code:

LM39

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

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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, race and ethnicity, inequality and social exclusion, media and culture, the family and gender relations.

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

  • Documenting 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 Cultural Resistance
    • Identity, Selfhood and Personal Relationships

  • Social Integration: Theory, Policy, Practice

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
    • Social Divisions

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 13th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2019

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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

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 (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

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

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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.

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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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.

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.

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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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