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Coventry University

Sociology and Criminology

UCAS Code: LM39

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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Course option


Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020




This joint degree course explores how societies develop and change and the role of individuals in relation to social groups, institutions and global forces. We study the core principles of crime and criminal justice, together with social theory, social policy analysis and social justice.

In Sociology, we will explore a range of key contemporary social issues, including: globalisation and development, modernity and postmodernity, inequality and social exclusion, media and culture, the family and gender relations, the city and urbanisation and crime and deviance.

In the Criminology components of the course, you will be introduced to theories of crime, deviance, control and punishment and develop rich understanding of the workings of criminal justice institutions such as the police, the law courts and prisons.

We will encourage you to challenge some of the typical preconceptions about the nature of crime and disorder. In doing so, you should develop strong analytical abilities, enabling you to cast a perceptive and critical eye on the world and convey your ideas and views effectively, skills which are beneficial in any number of careers.

Throughout your studies, we try to embed real-life experience of social policy and will attend a range of events and conferences, often featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries. For example, in the past, students have attended the British Sociological Association Annual Conference and the Coventry University ‘Sociology Speaking Seminar Series’ and witnessed debate about issues, policy and laws around areas such as social justice, media, immigration and current political affairs.

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad. Placements in the UK have included Prison Support Officers, Student Advocacy and Refugee Worker, Youth Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Support Workers, Management Trainees, Event Co-ordinators and Marketing Placements.

The final year of the programme allows for greater personalisation with a choice of two optional modules. In Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics, for example, we look at sport as an aspect of social life often taken for granted as a simple form of ‘leisure’ or ‘entertainment’, when in reality it is an important social activity which produces and reinforces ideas, values, individual and collective identities, social structure and relations. We will consider a range of case studies, like the 1936 ‘Nazi Olympics’ in Berlin and debates on the biological and racial basis of athletic ability.

You will also be expected to conduct your own piece of supervised research in an area of your choice. This can be done as a 10,000 word research project or as an audio-visual documentary. In the past, students have explored issues such as media representations of deviancy, the racialisation of crime and violence and gender.

**Key Course Benefits**
* Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics ranging from Islamic Relief, Think Ahead (social work Programme), Citizens Advice Bureau.

* Excellent professional links with employers including local city councils (including Coventry and Hillingdon), Refugee Centre and the National Health Service.

* Develop the skills employers desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication, analysis, critical thinking and report writing.

* Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included visits to Istanbul to explore the cultural similarities and uniqueness’ with the UK.

* The teaching of criminology at Coventry is ranked as the UK’s 17th top university in the Guardian University Guide 2017 and is officially recognised by Skills for Justice, the sector skills council and standards setting body for the justice sector


Your main study themes are:

**Understanding Society**: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of sociology as an academic discipline in the broadest sense. They will be introduced to a number of key thinkers and sociological concepts. These ideas will be used to examine key aspects of social life and contemporary societies.

**Race and Racism**: The aim of this module is to examine historical and contemporary debates and issues associated with race and racism. The module also examines issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing.

**Gender and Society**: This module introduces students to studies of gender and society. It offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which social structures and institutions create and reproduce gender relations and to consider this in relation to the experiences of women and men.

**Controlling Crime**: This module introduces students to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention and criminal justice. It focuses on informal controls within communities as well as formal controls administered by the principal criminal justice agencies: police, courts and prisons.

**Crime and Social Diversity**: This module explores crime in relation to a range of social diversity issues including: social class and status; age; gender and sexuality; race, racialization and criminalisation; culture in a contemporary capitalist context.

For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

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We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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