Sociology and Criminology BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course allows you to study aspects of sociology and criminology with an equal emphasis on both disciplines. This subject combination is a demanding, highly rewarding and exciting choice.

Sociology is the systematic study and analysis of social relationships. Your studies will benefit from our teaching staff research strengths (currently in areas such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the body, nationalism and identity).

Criminology is concerned with the study of crime, disorder and crime reduction. Our teaching staff are able to draw upon both their own research and professional experience working with offenders, victims and crime prevention agencies.

Your employability prospects will be supported by a work placement, helping to prepare you for a future career in sectors such as the civil service, public service and charities (amongst others).

Why study Sociology and Criminology at Huddersfield?

  • In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement. This will support your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, sociology studies at Huddersfield received a 100% satisfaction score.

  • By studying this course, you'll become eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Throughout your three years, you'll be supported to develop a range of analytical tools beneficial to your future career prospects.

Read on for details of each core and option module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.

Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture

You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self. Assessment on this module will be through coursework, which may be based on the sociological element of the module and on the cultural studies aspect. The coursework will include essays and an annotated bibliography.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

You'll be introduced to the key areas of study within crime, criminology and criminal justice. The module is assessed through three pieces of coursework. Firstly your understanding of crime, antisocial behaviour and criminal law will be assessed in a workbook (worth 25% of module marks). Secondly you'll consider the functions and decision-making involved in the criminal justice system through a group poster presentation (worth 35% of module marks). You'll also explore some of the key theories that have been proposed to explain why people commit crime in a seen exam (worth 40% of module marks).

Year 2

Core modules:

Sociological Imagination

You'll be supported to develop an understanding of contemporary sociological theories and concepts and how these are used to inform knowledge concerning the ‘individual-society’ relationship, and also social and cultural identities. You'll have the chance to explore sociological debates concerning structure and agency, realism and social constructionism. You'll also examine a number of social theories, including social interactionism, structuration theory, post-structuralism, feminism, queer theory and theories of intersectionality. A range of social and cultural identities will be explored within the module, such as race and ethnicity, social class, sexuality, religion, age, gender, work, the body and disability. Your learning will be assessed through coursework.

Exploring Work and Careers

You’ll have the opportunity to plan and complete a practical work based experience related to your course. This will give you the chance to apply your theoretical subject knowledge to a professional setting, helping to develop your employability skills in preparation for your future career. You’ll be assessed on your reflection upon the skills you have developed through coursework.

Explaining and Responding to Crime

This module explores the explanations for crime and disorder, which you will relate to the ways that society responds to crime. These issues will be set in a social, political, theoretical and historical context. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will complete a theory-based essay and compile a crime prevention strategy document.

Choose one option from a list which may include-

Gender Sexuality and Crime

You'll look at gender and sexuality and explore the significance of these categories in relation to crime, deviance and regulation. You'll explore a range of topics from children and crime, deviant women, men, masculinity and crime, and sexual/domestic violence. You'll also watch videos, documentaries and news broadcasts and analyse how these construct and represent gender and crime. The module is assessed through coursework involving an essay and a seen exam.

Working with offenders and Victims

You‘ll be introduced to critical perspectives of the methods and processes of work undertaken with offenders and victims within the criminal justice process. This will include an exploration of factors that may influence criminal offending and how these may be addressed with strategies to reduce and manage offending through coursework involving an oral presentation. You’ll also explore patterns of victimisation and repeat victimisation and strategies to address the needs of victims through written coursework.

Organised and International Crime

You’ll explore two aspects of organised crime. Firstly, you'll study white-collar, financial crimes and the damaging impact that they can have on the economy of a country. Secondly you’ll examine how organised crime can drive people trafficking and trading of drugs and illegal arms, which enables ‘rogue’ states to wage war on their own people. Finally you‘ll explore how both kinds of crime relate to your own life. You’ll be assessed through a 2 hour unseen examination.

Year 3

Core module:

Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation (worth 10% of module marks) you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation (worth 90% of module marks) about your research topic. You’ll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date)

Sociology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:

The Body and Society

This module gives you the opportunity to look at the body in historic and contemporary society and challenge the idea that how we perceive the body is ‘natural’. You'll be introduced to a range of perspectives within which you'll investigate how the body is gendered, classified, judged, regulated, inscribed and ‘read’. You'll also look at how the body can be seen as a ‘project to be worked on’ and explore the relationship between self identity and the body. This module is assessed through coursework on a topic of your choice, involving a presentation of your ideas (worth 20% of module marks) and an essay (worth 80% of module marks).

Race; Ethnicity and Difference

In this module you'll consider contemporary British society in relation to issues of race, ethnicity and difference. You'll explore the extent to which race and ethnicity continue to shape contemporary society, in relation to education, health, employment, government policies and popular culture such as films and music. The module is assessed through written coursework on topics such as multiculturalism, race and sport, and the representation of racialised groups.

Representing the Social: Culture and Society

In this module you'll consider that the way we see the world is strongly influenced by social representations, in terms of ideas and images created by the media and broader society that make claims to truth and engender power relations in society. Through written coursework you'll explore the ways in which a contemporary social issue is represented in images and ideas today. This will take a multidisciplinary approach, examining how social representations, ideas and images are created and the implications they have both for the individual and society.

Conflict Resolution and Terrorism

Through this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which terrorism has been defined. You'll demonstrate this understanding through coursework, involving a written assignment. Debates about legitimacy and political violence will be applied to a number of case studies, allowing you to explore the motivations of different groups who have used violence as a political strategy. This will be assessed through an exam.

Film and Cinema

This module is a great choice if you have an interest or maybe even a passion for film, and want to explore the ways in which cultural, economic, sociological, and political issues have been represented from the 1960s to the present day. You'll watch specific films and then have a combination of lectures and workshops focused on each one to guide your learning. The module is assessed via coursework, starting with a short review (worth 10% of module marks), progressing to a scene analysis (worth 15% of module marks) and finishing with a written case study (worth 75% of module marks).

Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age

This module will allow you to explore the impact that the digital age has had on society and the possibilities it holds for greater enhancement. It invites you to reflect upon your assumptions about the use of technology in society, and what barriers exist to full citizenship participation within society. You will be assessed in two ways. Firstly you will create a multimedia presentation as coursework to reflect upon the nature of technology in society, and secondly you will write a 3,000 word essay analysing how the citizen should operate within the digital age.

Criminology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:

Experiencing Punishment and the Penal System

You'll be encouraged to critically examine the adult penal or 'punishment' system in England and Wales. You'll focus on how people working and caught in the system experience this, exploring areas such as prison subcultures, effects of imprisonment on family members and how prisoners cope with life inside. Through coursework involving an oral presentation you'll consider the diversity of experiences alongside a theoretical consideration of these experiences in the context of the formal structures and role of the system, assessed through coursework involving a written assignment.

Profiling and investigating Serious Crime

You'll be introduced to the field of serious crime (for example murder, serial murder and sex offences), offender profiling and the associated police investigation process in the UK. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of offender profiling by producing written coursework and the criminal investigation process through an unseen exam.

Offenders and Mental Disorder

In this module you'll be supported to develop your knowledge of the relationship between mental illness and criminal activity. You'll explore a range of mental illnesses and disorders as a cause of offending through a written coursework assignment, and will have the opportunity to consider the links between theory and practice by completing a written coursework assignment on the appropriateness of treatment for offenders within the forensic mental health system.

Substance Misuse and Crime

In this module you'll be supported to develop your knowledge of the relationship between substance misuse and criminal activity. You'll be encouraged to consider the nature of addiction and substance taking as a cause of crime and examine a range of illegal substances through a written coursework assignment and will have the opportunity to consider the links between theory and practice by completing coursework in the form of a case-study based written assignment exploring legislation, policy and treatment options for an individual with a drug or alcohol dependency.

Conflict Resolution and Terrorism

Through this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which terrorism has been defined. You'll demonstrate this understanding through coursework, involving a written assignment. Debates about legitimacy and political violence will be applied to a number of case studies, allowing you to explore the motivations of different groups who have used violence as a political strategy. This will be assessed through an exam.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course includes a compulsory 30 hour work placement in your second year.

Previous placement providers have included community organisations, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, with the police and within national and local government.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Previous Huddersfield Sociology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, human resources, media, communications, consulting, research, marketing, business development, operations, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Google, Thomson Reuters, GSK, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, the University of Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Leeds City Council and Vista .*

*Source: LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

By studying this course, you will become eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, workshops, Blackboard and Work placement

Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination.

16.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

This programme is suitable for those wishing to progress on to postgraduate research in the social sciences. The sociology team offer supervision in their specialist areas that can lead to a Master's by Research or a PhD.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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