This is a contemporary and relevant degree but with roots in classical sociology. Specialist areas are in crime and media, drugs and crime, human trafficking and modern slavery, crime, human rights and social justice, counter radicalisation and terrorism, green criminology and gender, sexuality and ethnicity and crime.
Why study Criminology and Sociology?
This is a contemporary and relevant degree with roots in classical sociology. Sociologists study how society is created and how human beings form social relationships. In the UK, criminology is most strongly associated with sociology and recognises that a major challenge to society is 'crime'. No society is crime free. Crime and society are intertwined.
Criminology examines 'crime' and 'deviance', the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena, and considers why crime exists, how crime and deviance is socially constructed, which societies have the most crime and how societies deal with crime.
Why St Mary's?
Studying Criminology and Sociology at St Mary's will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice.
The teaching staff on the programme have expertise in social problems and the criminal justice system; drugs, alcohol, homelessness and crime; modern slavery and human trafficking; terrorism and counter radicalisation; green criminology; and sports criminology.
There are also regular talks by guest speakers from statutory and voluntary agencies on topics such as organised crime and human trafficking, prisons, magistrates court procedures and forensic psychology.
The programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery. Students are encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events. These opportunities will enable students to develop learning beyond their undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and flourishing careers.
Criminology and Sociology also has close working relationships with the Law programme, the Centre for Law and Culture and the newly launched Law with Criminology programme.
We adopt a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips.
Usually, a larger (core) module may be taught by lecture (one hour) followed by smaller seminar groups where students are able to discuss the topic informed by set readings. Other modules might be taught in two-hour workshops where additional methods may be used, such as lecturing, film, student presentations and small group discussion.
Tutorial sessions are arranged for you to meet with tutors, to discuss your progress and offer support and guidance during the planning stages of essay writing and other assessment preparation. Lecture notes, course information and assessments are all placed online.
We use a wide range of methods of assessment to support students in meeting the learning objectives. These include essays and reports, student presentations, in class tests, formal examinations and a variety of resource-based assessments.
Essays are typically 1,000-2,000 words in length, although at Level 6 there is an opportunity to conduct your own research module (with the agreement of a supervising tutor) which requires a 5,000 words essay or a dissertation of 10,000 words.
- Well-qualified and experienced staff and wide range of courses.
- Acquire intellectual skills of observation, description, analysis and assessment.
- Field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers and workshops.
- Contemporary relevance with key job skills.
- Placements and voluntary work available.
- Connect to key institutions and practitioners.
- Career and professional development opportunities.
- Opportunity to undertake a period of professional practice.
- Understand the dynamics and constraints of applying your subject knowledge in a working environment.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.