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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
6. 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

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Criminology and Sociology a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

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 to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront 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 to 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 that 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), to make judgements, and to 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;

9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Criminology, Sociology

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 is a final year work experience module to ensure all students gain relevant work experience and are prepared for employment.

There may 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

Please check Course Handbook

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

In the first year students begin processes of personal development planning in core modules and start to build up a record of achievements. They are encouraged to reflect in workshop contexts and individually on specifically what they have learned from modules and the ways in which this knowledge may be used in, or applied to, the wider social world. Specific modules focussed on social research methodologies provide a forum in which students reflect upon their practice as social researchers, its ethical dimensions and the ways in which this practice may be applied to solving problems in the context of volunteering activity and/or employment. Self-directed project research at level 6 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate this reflection, bringing together particular substantive areas of interest with methodological issues and considering how this might provide a basis for their further self-development and contribution to the wider social world in the future.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Past students of these areas have gone on to take up careers in the police and other areas of the criminal justice system and victim, prisoner and witness support agencies, as well as entering the teaching profession and areas of local government. The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study. The analytical and methodological skills gained on successful completion of the course provide a strong grounding for development within many different careers.

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 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  
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        
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30        
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30        
SS4004 Researching Social Life Core 30        
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues Core 30        
SS4008 Sociological Imagination Core 30        

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30        
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30        
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30        
SS4004 Researching Social Life Core 30        
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues Core 30        
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 WED AM
SC5000 Crime in Context Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SS5006 Racism and Ethnicity Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SS5066 Self and Society Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
SS5067 Sociology of Everyday Life Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
SS5005 Youth, Resistance and Social Control Option 30        
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR NA  
          NORTH AUT NA  

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
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 FRI AM
SS6002 Living Theory Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Alt Core 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 THU PM
SC6053 Victims and Crime Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS6054 Human Rights and Conflict Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
SS6063 Religion and the State Option 15 NORTH AUT MON AM