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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Develop new ways of thinking about crime

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

L390

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Explore what crime means in our culture and society and how it affects our lives.

Look beyond traditional views and develop new ways of thinking about the effects of crime, its impact on individuals and societies and how we respond to it.

Challenge your existing opinions about the nature of crime and disorder and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers.

Research excellence

The Department of Sociology is first in the UK for research quality (Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Course content

Our teaching is led by our research and addresses real-world issues. The course progresses from broad to specialist topics, comprising two thirds Sociology modules and one third Criminology modules.

You'll engage with key aspects of crime and deviance from a range of academic perspectives, while also having the opportunity to study wider sociological themes and research.

As you progress you'll focus your studies, choosing optional modules to develop your expertise. In your final year you'll undertake independent research leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

You'll be introduced to the foundations of Sociology and Criminology through four core modules.

Core modules

You study four core modules.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll study core modules to develop your research skills and explore how social, cultural and political changes shape criminal activities. Option modules give you the chance to focus your studies on an area which interests you.

Core modules

You'll study two core modules:

Option modules

Choose two of the following modules:

Year 3

The focus of your final year will be your 10,000 word Dissertation. You'll work with an academic supervisor to identify and interrogate an original research question.

Core modules

You'll study two core modules:

Option modules

You'll also select three option modules from a list which may include:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Interpret, explain and analyse offending behaviour through a critical understanding of sociologically informed theories of crime and deviance, to confront the complexity of victimisation and norm breaking in different national and cultural contexts.
  • Critically evaluate current sociological debates about crime, culture and social change and analyse the interconnected nature of sociological understandings of real world social problems, transgressions and crime-related problems in different cultural contexts
  • Work creatively in teams by cooperating with others in a manner which is respectful of diverse views, values and the cultural position of others to engage with social and criminological issues.
  • Design and undertake ethical criminological research projects which draw upon appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative skills to produce empirically rigorous analysis of social issues, patterns of social inequality, crime and transgression.
  • Synthesise complex arguments and evidence about contemporary society and crime to challenge assumptions and misperceptions about offending behaviours in culturally attuned ways and in different cultural contexts.
  • Critically communicate information and well-reasoned arguments in appropriate formats concerning sociological understanding and analysis of crime and deviance using a range of media and global digital technologies.
I am currently studying abroad at the University of Illinois, USA. My highlight has been experiencing a completely different culture with new people and new opinions. The criminological aspect of sociology is really exciting to me and I highly recommend studying these two subjects together.
Amelia, BA Sociology with Criminology. More student views.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

As you progress through your course, you'll take part in a range of activites designed to help you develop essential skills. 

Teaching and assessment methods

Careers and skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career you choose. 

Career opportunities and transferable skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

ABB

Access to Higher Education Diploma 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 75%
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Mature students are welcomed and applications are considered individually.

Seminars are a great way to ensure you actually understand what you’re being taught. Also being taught by some of the key writers in areas of the course means you can be reading a ground-breaking journal article and then have a seminar led by that same person…it’s pretty cool! Along with studying with some of the greatest friends I’ll probably ever make – York has proven to be a great choice.
Tessa, BA Sociology with Criminology, current student

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