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UDCRISOC - BSc Criminology and Sociology

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS 6 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and individual tutorials held in staff office hours. There is an emphasis upon the link between teaching and research so that staff research provides the basis for teaching on a range of modules.

The course integrates face-to-face with online learning. All modules use Weblearn/Blackboard facilities making key information available and also providing a convenient place for handbook information, calendars and class announcements. Some modules, for example Researching Crime and Deviance, focus specifically on the development of CIT skills. The course will also progressively examine ways of further developing the link between face-to-face and online learning as ideas and technology develop, and as resources permit. The course encourages contact between students and tutors and, in the course of this, encourages active learning. CIT and other media are used to encourage collaboration among students.

Course aims

The course aims to:

  1. offer a course relevant to a range of careers in the area of criminal justice, related fields and/or in social research
  2. develop the intellectual skills necessary for the understanding and critical evaluation of a range of theoretical approaches to the study of crime, deviance and other social problems and phenomena
  3. develop students’ familiarity with the institutional apparatus which regulated and seeks to control socially defined deviant populations
  4. develop students’ analytical skills through consideration of the relationship between self and society and between theory and practice
  5. develop students’ competence in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies

offer the opportunity to develop the above in relation to specialist areas of interest including the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of research at honours level.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Sociology
  2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of the disciplines of Criminology and Sociology
  3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Sociology, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  4. manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Sociology)
  5. apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
  6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), make judgments, and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions, to a problem
  7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts

undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Deaccurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and
Sociology:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance
(I) SS4008 Sociological Imagination (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (A)
SS5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SS6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6001 Justice Punishment and Social Control
(A)

- Devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of the disciplines of Criminology and Sociology:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SS4008 Sociological Imagination (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC5050 Crime, Technology and Media (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

- Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Sociology,recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge:

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues (I)
SS4008 Sociological Imagination (I
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC6051 Serial and Serious Offenders (P)
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (A)
SS5001 Global Social Divisions (A)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

- Manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Sociology):

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (A)
SS5001 Global Social Divisions (A)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders (A)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

- Apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects:

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (A)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

- Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be
incomplete), make judgments, and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or
identify a range of solutions, to a problem:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I)
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues (I)
SS5008 Self and Society (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SS5001 Global Social Divisions (A)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SC6001 Justice Punishment and Social Control
(A)
SC6050 The Criminology of Pleasure (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

- Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences:

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (P)
SS5001 Global Social Divisions (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts:

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SS5008 Self and Society (I)
SS6006 Living Theory (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)

- Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature:

SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance (I)
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues (I)
SS5001 Global Social Divisions (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SS6006 Living Theory (I)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SS6P51 Sociology Project (A)
SS6P51 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P04 Criminology and Sociology Project (A)

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Criminology, Sociology

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AssuringStandardsAndQuality/subject-guidance/Pages/Honours-degree-benchmark-statements.aspx)

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project at level 6.At level 4 assessments seek to encourage students to specify and describe theories and methodologies. At level 5 assessments require students to extend and critically to evaluate the knowledge they have encountered. Students at this level are also required to produce research reports including data analysis and interpretation. At level 6 assessments test students’ critical knowledge of applied areas of Criminology and Sociology and their ability to think and research independently.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

There will be opportunities for students to study for part of their degree in another European country. ERASMUS is part of the European Union SOCRATES programme for cooperation in the field of education. Under ERASMUS the university has student exchange agreements with 16 different European countries.

Modules required for interim awards

Students must take:

Level 4:

Introduction to Criminological Theory

Researching Crime and Deviance

Sociological Imagination

Social Problems and Social Issues

Level 5

Measuring and Interpreting Crime

Self and Society

Level 6

Crime Control and Penology

Living Theory

Criminological Research Practice or Sociology Project

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course offers you improved career opportunities in the criminal justice system, the National Probation Service, the police and the fields of social work and research. Our graduates have secured roles as probation officers, senior detective constables and assistant researcher criminologists, working for organisations like the the Finnish Police, the London Community Rehabilitation Company and the University of Edinburgh.

The programme is also excellent preparation if you want to pursue further study or research, at university or with a specialist body. Through postgraduate study at London Met you can gain further links with police forces, benefiting from the strong culture of research in units like our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 100%
Route code CRISOC

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SS4004 Researching Social Life Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM FRI PM
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
SS4008 Sociological Imagination Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30        
SS4004 Researching Social Life Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI PM
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
SS4008 Sociological Imagination Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SS5008 Self and Society Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC5000 Crime in Context Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SS5006 Racism and Ethnicity Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS5005 Youth, Resistance and Social Control Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC6P00 Criminology Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SC6004 Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SS6002 Living Theory Alt Core B 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Alt Core B 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
SC6053 Victims and Crime Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SS6054 Human Rights and Conflict Option 15 NORTH SPR MON AM
SS6063 Religion and the State Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM