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Criminology and Sociology

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2022

About this program

Criminology and Sociology

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

This programme combines Criminology, the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation and social responses to crime and disorder, with Sociology, the study of human life as found in groups, institutions and societies.

Teaching draws on a range of social science perspectives and offers you the chance to explore sociological and political approaches to crime and its control along with developing the critical tools necessary for handling the analysis of all aspects of social conduct, from face-to-face interactions to how economic forces shape and are shaped by global society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

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


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Criminological Inquiries
  • Introduction to Social Science Research
  • Key Ideas in Social Science
  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Becoming a Social Scientist

Year Two

  • Offending and Victimisation
  • Responses to Crime
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Theory

Year Three

Your final year will consolidate your knowledge and allow you to continue to explore topics that best suit your future career aspirations. You must take 40 credits from the Criminology portfolio and 40 credits from the Sociology portfolio. You will also complete 40-credit dissertation. A dissertation involves designing, conducting and writing-up a small-scale research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £18,700 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

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 sociology 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 sociology 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 sociology 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 sociology 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

Career paths

In 2016/17, the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey showed that 94% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Popular employments sectors included: administrative work, education, social work, retail, finance, and other professional sectors.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond university from day one, offering support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating. Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important aspects of all our degree schemes and help prepare our graduates for life after higher education.

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Cardiff University

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