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Politics and Criminology

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Politics

Criminology

Social policy

**Why study Politics and Criminology?
What is the most effective way to police crime? How should society organise systems of justice? Crime, justice and policing are inherently linked to the world of politics. Studying the two disciplines together gives you a unique opportunity to see how they interrelate, and how political processes can shape the criminal justice system and vice versa. Crime affects every economy and every nation across the globe. Yet as societies attempt to address criminal behaviours, the nature of crime is constantly changing. Organisations and societies urgently need professionals who understand the factors behind crime, and how to bring crime rates down.**

This course will help to equip you with the critical analytic skills and experiences you need to create a career for yourself in this stimulating and rewarding sphere. You’ll look at popular conceptions of crime in the media, and criminal action ranging from petty theft through to state-sponsored terrorism. You’ll also be able to study the ideas and philosophies behind some of the most contemporary political issues in society, and how they are affect theories of crime and crime reduction.

How will you learn?
- Drawing on their research expertise your lecturers will encourage you to analyse social and political change, and what drives the two

- You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your debating and research skills, which could prove crucial in your professional career

- Combining academic discipline with vocational skills, to give you every chance to secure employment once you’ve graduated, we’ll give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement in your second year in a field such as youth justice, charitable organisations, education, media or politics

- You may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term during your second year

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Exploring the Social Sciences
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Introduction to Politics

Year 2
Core modules:
Researching Democratisation
Professional Work Placement Module

Option modules
Choose two from a list which may include:
Criminological Explanations
Approaches to Policing
Violent Crime
Organised and International Crime
Working with offenders and Victims
Doing Research in Crime, Policing and Justice

Choose two modules from a list which may include:
Competing Perspectives on Development
US Politics and Society
Ethnicity and Nationalism
British Party Politics
Living an Examined Life: Political Philosophy and Ethics in the Real World

You may also have the opportunity to study abroad (outside of Europe - https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchanges/exchanges/) for a term in your second year. Within Europe, the University is also part of Erasmus+ (https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/study-abroad-and-exchanges/erasmus/), the European Commission’s Exchange programme, giving you the chance to study for part of your degree in another country.

Year 3
Core module:
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences

Politics option modules
Choose two from a list which may include:
Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age
Film and Cinema
The Government and Politics of Europe
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
International Crises since 1945

Criminology option modules
Choose two from a list which may include:
Contemporary and Comparative Criminology
Experiencing Punishment and the Penal System
Offenders and Mental Disorder
Serious Crime Investigation
Substance Misuse and Crime

Assessment methods

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

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

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences (HDBSS)

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

93%
high
Politics
78%
med
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Sociology

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,600
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Welfare professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
38%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Welfare professionals

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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Protective service occupations
9%
Caring personal services

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£16k

£16k

£17k

£17k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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