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BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

For this intensive start you’ll begin your degree studies with one of two options:

  • Introducing the social sciences (DD101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD101,,1 (60 credits): a broad, fascinating introductory module covering psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology; or
  • Introducing the social sciences - part one (DD131)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD131,,1 (30 credits) with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits): a shorter version of option 1, with an exploration of how psychologists investigate our thinking and behaviour – and how academic research can be applied in real-life settings.

At the same time, you’ll complete a further 60 credits in complementary subjects such as law, health and social care, prior experiential learning, health sciences, mathematics and statistics, environment and arts.

Stage 2

Stage 2 starts with the 60-credit module Welfare, crime and society (DD208)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD208,,1, which is an introduction to the relationship between social welfare and crime control. You’ll explore government and policy responses in the UK and internationally, and issues such as anti-social behaviour, poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, child labour, health and disease, slums, ghettos, gated communities and corporate crime. You’ll also learn to select and evaluate evidence in relation to social problems, crime and society, drawing on a fascinating variety of resources arranged around four themes: surveillance, social justice, security and community.

Next you’ll study one from a choice of three 60-credit modules. The uses of social science (DD206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD206,,1 furthers your understanding of how social sciences research makes claims about the links between the personal and arenas of public intervention; Youth justice: theory, research and practice (K209)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,K209,,1 explores theories, research and practice in the youth justice system; or you can study how adult health and social care support is organised, delivered and experienced across a range of sectors in Adult health, social care and wellbeing (K217)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,K217,,1.

Throughout your Stage 2 studies you will develop your analytic skills and your ability to understand and apply social science concepts to issues of ethical, political and public concern.

Stage 3

At Stage 3, in Personal lives and social policy (DD305)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD305,,1 you’ll first explore how personal lives shape and are shaped by policy making and welfare practices, and how social policy is organised, represented and experienced. Your study will be organised around four key themes – sexualities, care, work and citizenship – and you’ll be encouraged to challenge traditional understandings of policy making.

Your final 60-credit module – Crime and justice (DD301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q57-2,module,DD301,,1 will be an in-depth consideration of crime, justice and the relationship between them. The concept of crime in today’s society encompasses the local – such as street crime – and the global – for example human trafficking and cyber-crime. In addition, issues such as terrorism and human rights violations have implications for justice, forcing the boundaries between crime control and civil liberties to be reconsidered.

By the end of your studies, you’ll be an independent thinker with a range of critical, analytic and applied skills. You can use these to evaluate contemporary debates in social policy and criminology and participate with confidence in discussions about policy alternatives.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

This pathway is ideal if you wish to study 120 credits per year (full-time equivalent) and complete your degree in three years. However, if at any point during your studies you wish to study at a slower pace you can - the maximum study time for this pathway is 16 years.


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