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Criminology and Social Policy

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Criminology and Social Policy

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Criminology and Social Policy within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

This programme combines Criminology, focusing on criminalisation, victimisation and social responses to crime and disorder, with Social Policy, studying how societies respond to human need and seek to promote the wellbeing of their members.

Teaching draws on a range of social science perspectives and offers you the chance to explore sociological and political attitudes to crime and its control, along with debates on the goals of social policy: how do we decide what human needs are and whose responsibility is it to meet human needs.

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Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB, excluding Critical Thinking and  General Studies.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Social and Public Policy: in Principle and Practice
  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Key Ideas in Social Science
  • Introduction to Social and Public Policy
  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology
  • Developing Scholarship through the Social Sciences
  • Offending and Victimisation
  • Responses to Crime
  • Social Research Methods
  • Poverty and Social Security in the UK
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Evaluating Social Practice, Policy and Innovation
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Knowing the Social World - Online and Offline Surveys
  • Ethnography and Everyday Life
  • Sensory Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Crime, Security and Justice in the City
  • Police and Policing
  • Prisons and Prisoners
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Radical Education
  • Work and Skills in the 21st Century: an international perspective
  • International and Comparative Social and Public Policy
  • Equality and Social Justice in a Globalised World
  • Power, Politics and Policy
  • The Sociology of Comedy and Humour
  • Society and Genetics
  • Digital Society and Social Change
  • CRUSH 
  • Environment and Human Health
  • Digital Social Research: Theory, Methods and Data

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,450


What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you and academic staff will focus on precisely what they want you to achieve within each Module. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key ideas, theories and concepts used in criminology and social policy and their relationship to themes, theories and findings from cognate disciplines.
  • An understanding of the main research methods used within the social sciences and the philosophical issues that inform their application and use in research settings.
  • A critical and in-depth understanding of research and theory in selected sub-fields of criminology and social policy and the relevance of this work to contemporary social debates, issues or problems.
  • An understanding of the role empirical evidence plays in the creation and constraint of theory, and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically evaluate existing knowledge, scholarship and research in criminology and social policy and use this knowledge to reach a balanced judgement about the merits and relevance of competing claims and theoretical perspectives.
  • Critically evaluate the use of evidence in social science disciplines and policy debates, drawing on both broad methods training and subject specific knowledge
  • Utilise knowledge and skills to understand and explain social phenomena of interest to criminology and social policy and apply this understanding to new or novel questions.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity for problem-solving and originality in thinking by using knowledge and skills to tackle familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Academic and personal skills such as critical thinking, writing, oral presentations, problem solving, group work, time-management, and the use of information technology.
  • The ability to communicate complex information in a variety of formats including reports, oral presentations, posters and dissertations

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Cardiff University

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

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