Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Criminology and Sociology

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

Explain major criminological and sociological concepts and theories, and their potential application

Critically evaluate competing criminological and sociological explanations theories and concepts in a variety of national and international contexts

Explain major sociological concepts and theories and be able to relate criminological concepts, theories and findings to this sociological tradition

Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, processes and and practices of the criminal justice system of England and Wales

Analyse the significance of social inequalities and social diversity for processes of criminalisation, victimisation and social control, and the effects and patterning of inequality and diversity in society more widely

Reflect on the relationship between criminological and sociological theory and concepts, and empirical data

Identify major methods of data collection in social research, and assess the appropriateness of their use in different contexts

Formulate criminological and/or sociological questions and plan how to answer them

Select and use appropriate research methods (including questionnaires, interviews, observation and documentary analysis)

Distinguish between ethical and unethical research practice

Make simple analyses of quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate methods

Communicate research findings to an academic audience

Critically discuss criminological and sociological topics drawing on criminological and sociological theory, and relevant evidence and empirical examples, and present the conclusions in a variety of academic formats such as essays, examinations, presentations and portfolios

Explain and critically evaluate how far criminological and sociological concepts, theories and empirical research findings are relevant to policy questions in national and international contexts

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreCritical Reading and Writing for Criminologists (L3121)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
  CoreThinking Like a Criminologist (L3120)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCriminological Classics (L3122)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
  CoreUnderstanding the Criminal Justice System (L3123)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreCriminology in Theory and Perspective (L4101)155
  CoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  OptionBeyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology (L4069A)155
  Health across the Lifecourse (L3116A)155
  Identity, Crisis and Transgression (Aut) (L4103A)155
  Migration and Integration (Aut) (L4081A)155
  Race: Conflict and Change (L3074A)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040A)155
  Victims of Crime and Society (Aut) (L4102A)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with qualitative data (L3079)155
  OptionClassical Sociological Theory (L4053B)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Policing and Society (Spr) (L4105B)155
  Punishment and Penology (Spr) (L4104B)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Restorative Justice and Desistance (L4107B)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAlternatives to Incarceration (L4111A)306
  Criminology Research Proposal (L5101)306
  Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (L4110A)306
  Death of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
  Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
  Sexualities / Intersections (L4062A)306
  Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
  Sociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
  Transcendence, Devotion and Desire (L3119A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAlternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Crimes against Humanity (Spr) (L5103B)306
  Crimes of Violence (L5104B)306
  Criminology Project (L5102)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Sociology of Humans and Other Animals (Spr) (L4094B)306
  Sociology Project (L3031)306
  Surveillance and Society (L4109B)306
  The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Spr) (L4091B)306

Course convenors

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Aneira Edmunds
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
T: +44 (0)1273 873249

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Paul McGuinness
Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
T: +44 (0)1273 678883

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
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