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Criminology and Sociology - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Leading academics and current probation workers will help you gain the knowledge you need to understand the social challenges of crime and its effect on the lives of victims and perpetrators. Work placement opportunities are available to you throughout your three-year degree to give you the real life experience of working in the field. Once complete, you'll be ready for a career in the criminal justice system, the police, third sector organisations and more. 

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

With the London Met Criminology and Sociology BSc course, you’ll be ready to question the social meaning of crime and help the individuals affected by it.

Explore the relationship between crime, race, gender, wealth and society to build the skills you need to undertake effective social and criminological research. Contemporary examples and case studies make you aware of the latest challenges faced by society and the innovative ways to deal with them.

London Metropolitan University’s criminology and sociology lecturers have the professional experience, expert insight and leading published works to help you progress through your course. Substantial student support and access to staff is guaranteed so that you can focus on your studies and get all your academic questions answered.

Course highlights include field work opportunities in mentoring, charity and third sector placements as well as a final year dissertation where you can create a unique piece of research in the field that interests you most, helping you to stand out when awarded your degree.

Assessment

You're assessed by essays, seen and unseen examinations, research projects and a final dissertation, all designed to ensure you have the thorough academic background for the criminology and sociology career of your choice.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code ML93
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    The module aims to:

    1. Examine the emergence and development of criminological theory
    2. Examine the different ways in which different criminological traditions theorise crime and its social control
    3. Examine how the assumptions which underpin different traditions provide for different strategies of intervention and control
    4. Develop students’ learning and transferable skills in preparation for modules at levels 5 and 6.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    This module introduces students to the scope and functions of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales. It provides a broad overview of the mechanisms and aims of the CJS upon which students can build a more detailed knowledge of criminal justice policies, crime control, punishment and social control by the state, at levels 5 and 6. The module also specifically provides students with an introductory picture of the extent of officially recorded crime.

    The module aims to:
    1. Provide students with a solid grounding in the field upon which to build a grasp of issues relating to criminal justice
    2. Review the historical development, structures and roles of key agencies responsible for the execution of justice in England and Wales
    3. Identify key models of the Criminal Justice System such as the due process and crime control models
    4. Consider recent, and significant, examples of changes in the CJS (such as the increasing levels of inter-agency cooperation)
    5. Develop students’ knowledge of current policies relating to the ‘problem of crime’.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The module aims to:
    1. Introduce and familiarise students with a wide range of criminological research
    2. Introduce students to various research methods and approaches used in criminological investigation
    3. Introduce students to a range of issues that need to be taken into account when undertaking criminological research.
    4. Familiarise students with the processes involved in conducting criminological research and the structure and format of research reports adopted by academics
    5. Prepare students for levels 5 and 6

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module provides the foundation for an explicit, clear focus on social research throughout Sociology and related degrees in addition to supporting students to acquire understanding of and skills in academic literacy. The methodological principles and perspectives for effective social research are explained and also illustrated through exploration of research case studies. It will additionally provide experience in using the vast array of text, visual and statistical primary documentary sources and their interpretation for research. Research as process will be examined including main research approaches, the formulation and development of research questions and social, ethical and political contexts of research practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday afternoon

    Analyse the social construction of a social problem
    - Collate information on the location and scale of a social problem
    - Reflect upon sociological interpretations of a particular social problem
    - Outline policy responses to a particular social problem

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of Sociology and some of the basic skills of identifying, applying and evaluating sociological approaches, concepts and debates to everyday situations (LO1; LO2). It will also provide an introduction to constructing sociological arguments, thinking critically and assessing sociological evidence (LO3; LO4).

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module aims to:
    1. Develop an informed grasp of the strengths and limitations of survey research including identification and consideration of the ethical issues which may arise
    2. Develop students’ competence in designing and conducting primary quantitative research in relation to data collection, analysis and report-writing
    3. Develop an informed grasp of the strengths and limitations of qualitative research including identification and consideration of the ethical issues which may arise
    4. Develop students’ competence in designing and conducting primary qualitative research in relation to data collection, analysis and report-writing
    5. Examine the ways in which quantitative and qualitative data are created and used in professional settings such as the Home Office, the Metropolitan Police, voluntary sector organisations related to the Criminal Justice System and private sector organisations such as MORI and Gallup and so to enable students to work towards a career in the field of Criminology.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module builds on level 4 introductory modules by focusing on specific categories of crime and behaviors, which have emerged as sources of concern. It gives attention to the emergence of concern about imagined dangerous groups, and moves on to more recent social anxieties. This includes the crimes associated with the socially and economically marginalized, and those associated with the economically and socially powerful.

    The central themes revolve around why some behaviors and some groups of people are ‘constructed’ as the focus of concern and special treatment. Equally, it considers why some crimes, such as corporate crime, or state crime, usually receive less attention. This exploration encourages reflection on how and why certain behaviors are defined and constructed as ‘crime’, and ‘social problems’.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module explores theories and conceptions of racism and ethnicity, and the practices of racism in contemporary societies. The historical roots of racism will be examined and its contemporary forms studied comparatively. Racism is specifically explored within the context of social and political conflicts.
    Module aims
    • To analyse critically key concepts including racism and ethnicity themselves in order to develop an awareness of their contested nature.
    • To look at these issues as worldwide problems and in a sociological context that explores the meanings ascribed to these terms, their historical origins and key examples of societies where these issues have been or still are important in shaping the social orders in which people live.
    • To consider the impact of racism on specific communities and groups, including national, religious and ethnic groups.
    • To examine the links between class, gender and ethnic differences. 

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to some of the key sociological approaches used to explore and explain the sociological notion of ‘self’. This will involve an examination of a range of major 20th century sociological thinkers on the nature of the social construction of self - eg. Mead, Goffman - and it’s constrains - e.g. Parsons, Merton and Dahrendorf. The intention is to use some of the major sociological theorists and apply their insights into current concerns with the ‘project’ of self and identity. That is, to examine how much choice we have in becoming who we are.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    To introduce students to sociological understanding and methodology of observing and explaining the everyday life: its routines, rhythms and those aspects of social life that we consider familiar and known.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    1. Consider the various relationships between media, technology and crime

    2. Develop an understanding of the role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime
    and criminal justice, with a particular emphasis on marginalised groups

    3. Develop an awareness and familiarity with the emerging forms of deviant
    behaviour facilitated by contemporary technologies and/or the media

    4. Provide an overview of the way technologies interact with crime and the criminal
    justice system

    5. Develop summarising and analytical skills

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module aims to:
    1. Familiarise students with the theoretical perspectives that have shaped criminological thought on violence by young people
    2. Encourage students to develop a critical overview of young people’s engagement in violent crime
    3. Develop students’ ability to research, analyse and communicate critical and informed arguments relating to the theory, policy and practice underpinning youth involvement in violent crime.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    A1. To provide students with a historical, theoretical and comparative understanding of the diverse forms of youth culture and youth social organisation;
    A2. To explore the social origins of youth gangs and street violence;
    A3. To consider the key developments in political mobilisation of young people;
    A4. To investigate the concepts and nature of social control in relation to youth;
    A5. To develop confidence in use of appropriate learning, analytical and discursive skills when dealing with current youth issues.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    The module aims to:

    1. Give students the opportunity to reflect upon their learning to date and define and research a topic of interest to them in the light of that experience.
    2. Give students the opportunity to design and plan an independent research project and to produce a research proposal outlining the field of interest, proposed methodology and ethical considerations.
    3. Enable students to produce a written piece of research which demonstrates awareness of the relationship between criminology and related fields and the limits of knowledge.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module aims to:

    1. Provide the opportunity for the student to gain experience of a working environment
    2. Enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and capabilities by identifying and / or tackling real life problems in the workplace
    3. Provide the opportunity to reflect upon the culture and structure of a working environment and their activity within it
    4. Develop new capabilities and skills in the context of a work environment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module aims to:
    1. Identify and explore key concepts underpinning crime control
    2. Examine contemporary policies and practices of principal crime control agencies
    3. Enable students to understand the linkages between contemporary crime control and wider social policy (and accompanying political debate)
    4. Enhance analytic skills and instil a critical awareness through consideration of both official rhetoric and evidence together with the limitations of crime control policies and practice in a 'real world' context
    5. Explore the application of criminological theories and concepts to penal policy and practice and encourage confidence in the use of varied learning and discursive strategies
    6. Develop understanding of the operation of prisons and the role of imprisonment within the criminal justice system and wider society
    7. Explore comparative penal perspectives and develop understanding of diversity within penal policy and practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module introduces students to the key concepts and theories relating to the social construction of gender and sexuality and their application to a range of social sectors and issues in the UK and abroad. The ways in which gender and sexuality are both constitutive of the social and are constituted through social structures, institutions and interactions are explored, as are the ways in which theories of gender and sexuality have informed the sociological study of the family, work, health, education, crime, the welfare state and politics, media and the body.
    Module aims
    • To introduce and critically analyse key concepts in the sociological study of gender and sexuality;
    • To introduce a range of theoretical approaches to understanding the operation of gender and sexuality at the levels of social structures, social relations and social identities;
    • To consider the impact of gender and sexuality across a range of social sectors and social issues;
    • To consider the links and intersections between gender, sexuality and other forms of social identity and difference, including class, race, ethnicity, etc.
    • To consider the social and political sources of the persistence of discrimination and inequalities on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module will provide students with an opportunity to engage with contemporary thinkers and debates in social theory. They will be required to critically examine the ideas of contemporary social theorists and explore the application of their ideas to an ever-changing world (LO1; LO2). The module will explore what it means to be human and examine how different perspectives on this impact upon a range of issues, from state policies to the development of artificial intelligence. Overall, the aim of the module is to develop the students’ capacity to utilise theoretical ideas taken from philosophy and sociological theory by applying them to the social world (LO3; LO4).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module aims to exploit specialism’s residing within the criminology team in London met so that students can apply theories to exciting and relevant areas of criminology


    The module aims to:
    1. Introduce students to theories and debates on the nature of crime control in the modern state
    2. Provide an overview of the major traditions of thinking within Criminology regarding the issue of illegal drugs their use and distribution
    3. Examine the way the attempts to control crime and deviance are examples of broader debates over social control
    4. Sensitise students to the ethical and social consequences that flow from the way in which contemporary society elects to punish offenders and prevent crime

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module aims to:

    1. Develop students’ research skills which they will potentially be able to apply with the confidence and competence appropriate to an honours graduate in their future careers. Students will be required to develop self-reflexivity to know the limits of their competence and how to seek and offer constructive advice.
    2. Develop students’ report writing skills to enable them accurately to communicate the results of research to its intended audience in an appropriate manner, and adapted to influence decision making, policy formation and public debate. This will necessarily involve considering the ethical, legal and political implications of research.
    3. Develop students’ ability to manage their time over an extended period and meet successive deadlines.
    4. Develop students’ ability to work constructively with colleagues as part of a team.
    5. Provide students with practical experience of orally presenting research to peers and to develop their ability personally to deliver coherent commentary on the research methodology and skills employed and key research considerations and problems addressed and/or overcome.
    6. Develop students’ knowledge of the specific criminological topic they have chosen to research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    • To develop an understanding of the international human rights framework and consider debates and theories challenging this framework (including a critical assessment of the concept and implementation of the universality of human rights).
    • To evaluate various international conventions on the protection of human rights, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    • To examine violations of human rights in the light of various social and political contexts across the world and gain an understanding of how human rights applies in specific contexts; how such violations impact societies, communities and individuals; and how individuals and organisations work for justice in such harrowing circumstances.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module will provide students with an opportunity to engage with contemporary debates on the relationship between social science and religion. Students will be required to critically examine the ideas of the classic and contemporary social scientists on religion and explore the application of their ideas to an ever-changing world. Overall, the aim of the module is to develop the students’ capacity to utilise social scientific concepts and perspectives in their analyses of religion in contemporary society. The disciplinary focus of the module will, initially, be the sociology of religion. The application of a range of social scientific approach will also be introduced - historical, political, economic and social psychological approaches.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module explores the definition, characteristics and offending behaviour of serious and serial offenders, with a particular focus on mass, spree and serial murderers, sexual offenders and arsonists. The module also considers how such offenders are investigated, their behaviour and characteristics analysed. Key explanatory theories used to explain serious and serial offending will be examined and the efficacy of these in relation to methodological concerns critically evaluated. Finally, the module explores the identification and apprehension of serious and serial offenders, including the application of psychological and geographic profiling techniques.

    The module aims to:
    1. discuss and give examples of some of the most disturbing and controversial forms of offending behaviour;
    2. identify the prevalence of serial and serious offending within the broader population of criminal offences, questioning common assumptions about, and contemporary popular focus on, these categories of offences;
    3. evaluate and debate the definition and measurement of serious and serial offending, particularly in relation to methodological concerns;
    4. describe and critically discuss a range of key theories and concepts employed in the explanation and understanding of serious and serial offenders;
    5. critically evaluate the investigation and detection of such offenders and offences, with a special focus on offender and geographic profiling.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module aims to:
    1. examine the debate over of the origin of a variety of forms of ideological, nationalist and religiously motivated violence in the form of 'terrorism'.
    2. explore the dimensions of the new ‘terrorist’ threat.
    3. examine the contemporary range of counter terrorist agencies and policies in the
    national and international context.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    a. To provide students with an overview of the key theoretical concepts within victimology.
    b. To identify to some of the social and political factors that placed victims at the forefront of academic and professional discourses.
    c. To encourage students to critically appraise the nature and extent of victimisation. To develop student ability to research, analyse, and communicate their thoughts relating to victimisation, victim policy and practice.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Researching Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Social Problems and Social Issues

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Self and Society
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime
  • Crime in Context
  • Racism and Ethnicity
  • Perspectives on Policing
  • Global Social Divisions
  • Crime, Media and Technology
  • Environmental Policy
  • Youth, Crime and Violence
  • Extension of Knowledge

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Criminology and Sociology Project
  • Sociology Project
  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Living Theory
  • Justice, Punishment and Social Control
  • Serious and Serial Offenders
  • The Criminology of Pleasure
  • Criminological Research Practice
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Human Rights and Conflict
  • Political Sociology

What our students say

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After the course

Successful completion of this course offers you improved career opportunities in the criminal justice system, the National Probation Service, the police and the fields of social work and research. Our graduates have secured roles as probation officers, senior detective constables and assistant researcher criminologists, working for organisations like the the Finnish Police, the London Community Rehabilitation Company and the University of Edinburgh.

The programme is also excellent preparation if you want to pursue further study or research, at university or with a specialist body. Through postgraduate study at London Met you can gain further links with police forces, benefiting from the strong culture of research in units like our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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Apply to us for January 2019

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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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