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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc (Hons) / BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS *Diploma in Professional Studies/Diploma in International Studies
Programme title Sociology with Criminology
Programme code SSUB07
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS: 4 years full-time (including 1 one-year placement)
UCAS code L3M9, L3M0
Admissions criteria

ABB-BBB

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:26:09 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To deploy sociological theories, concepts and practices in the focused analysis of  criminology.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of society as well as crime, specifically the relationship between private trauma and public policy and organisation.
  • To examine key concepts, theories and methods of sociology and criminology.
  • To interpret and analyse contemporary social issues in general, and contemporary issues relating to criminal justice, policing and crime control in particular.
  • To address key issues in sociological analysis and in society, including social inequality and cultural diversity.
  • To examine British organisational and institutional arrangements for addressing issues of criminal justice policy.
  • To hone skills that will enhance career and employment opportunities in varied occupations in the public and private sector upon graduating.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Sociology
  • The Benchmark Statement for Criminology
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Sociology and BSc Criminology and Social Policy 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to

  1. Examine classical and contemporary social and/or criminological theories.
  2. Evaluate contemporary social and political issues and debates using insights from  sociology and/or criminology.
  3. Explain changing social structures and processes, tracing relevant historical and global perspectives.
  4. Apply a variety of classical and innovative qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  5. Explain basic sociological concepts, such as identity, inequality, social structure and social change.
  6. Use sociological and criminological concepts to critically discuss diversity and causes of inequality.
  7. Analyse the relationships between individuals, groups and society.
  8. Discuss the prominent role of culture, (new) media and representation in social life.
  9. Explain the specificity of the discipline of criminology and its interdisciplinary nature.
  10. Describe and analyse policy issues related to crime, crime prevention and social welfare in contemporary Britain.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. Assess the merits and shortcomings of complex social theories and explanations of crime.
  2. Formulate clear and penetrating sociological and criminological research questions and select appropriate research methods to address them.
  3. Evaluate and interpret research evidence on social life and/or crime.
  4. Synthesize and critically reflect on the relationship between sociological/criminological theories and empirical studies.
  5. Assess the merits of competing explanations and theories of crime.
  6. Interpret the values and practices of agencies that respond to criminological policy issues.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. Identify and retrieve sociologically and/or criminologically relevant information from library sources.
  2. Communicate sociological and criminological knowledge in oral presentations.
  3. Communicate sociological and criminological knowledge in advanced formats, e.g. posters, video, oral debates.
  4. Interpret and analyse sociologically and criminologically relevant statistical data.
  5. Design and execute sociological and criminological research.
  6. Apply ethical principles in sociological and/or criminological research.
  7. Use sociological and criminological knowledge to suggest solutions to public and social policy and private enterprise at national and international levels.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  1. Master a range of scholarly skills e.g. referencing, summarising, reporting and use of databases.
  2. Locate and evaluate sources of information, synthesize information and deploy it in reasoned argument.
  3. Communicate and present information in a professional manner e.g. construct written arguments, contribute to group discussions.
  4. Communicate and present information using more advanced formats e.g. prepare posters, write reports, oral presentations using powerpoint, preparation of videos.
  5. Design and execute research projects.
  6. Work in teams.
  7. Use statistical and other quantitative methods, including use of statistical software.
  8. Manage time and work: plan time and resources independently to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code: SSUB07

The programme lasts three years full-time. Students take modules amounting to 120 credits each year. Since the degree is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminology, students are required to take a maximum of 80 credits worth of Sociology modules and 40 credits worth of Criminology modules each year.  In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a Placement Year (Part I) after Part B or a Study Abroad scheme at Part B.

Important Note: No module may be taken and passed more than once. Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may be subject to change.

 

Part A - Introductory Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (100 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

SSA003

Sociological Imagination

10

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

SSA305

Foundation in Social Sciences

10

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

 

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

 

SSA206

Crime and Social Welfare: Policy in Practice

10

 

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA009

Introduction in Research Methods

30

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take TWO 10 credit options from the following:

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA156

Self and Identity

10

SSA301

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies

10

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

 10 

SSA158

Ideas and Controversies

10

 

Part B - Degree Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (100 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB008

Classical Social Theories

10

SSB201

Criminological Theory

 20

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB010

Contemporary Social Theories

20

SSB203

Operational Policing Issues

 20 

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB009

Advanced Research Methods

30

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students should choose TWO 10 credit modules from the selection below:

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB216

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

10

SSB360

The Media in Global Context

10

SSB034

Surveillance Society

10

SSB128

Political Psychology

10

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB023

Religion and Society

10

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

SSB239

Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy

10

SSB175

Psychological Disorders in Society

10

 

Information for students wishing to take a Study Abroad or Placement Year 

Study Abroad: Candidates have the opportunity to apply for permission to undertake an approved course of study at either a European university which is a member of the EU approved Erasmus Exchange programmes in the Department of Social Sciences or any other University with which the University has exchange study arrangements. Such a course of study must be undertaken in place of one Semester at Part B.

For students opting for the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules total module weight 50 credits

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB008

Classical Social Theories

10

SSB201

Criminological Theory

 20

SSB393

Advanced Research Methods A (Erasmus)

20

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

SSB097

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB098

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB099

Study Abroad Module

70

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 1. A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the list provided above in Part B.

For students opting for the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 1

Compulsory modules:

Semester 2 Compulsory Modules total module weight 60 credits

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB010

Contemporary Social Theories

20

SSB203

Operational Policing Issues

 20 

SSB394

Advanced Research Methods B (Erasmus)

20

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

SSB097

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB098

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB099

Study Abroad Module

70

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 2. A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the list provided above in Part B.

Part I:  Placement Year

Placement Year: Students have the opportunity to take a placement year (Part I) after successful completion of Part B. Two placement routes are available: 

  • Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a British Council approved Teaching Assistantship either at a school or other approved placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. Successful completion of this route leads to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). It should be noted that students undertaking a Teaching Assistantship should have a minimum of AS level in the appropriate language, or its equivalent. The equivalent level in the University Wide Language Programme is level 4. Note that students taking this Teaching Assistantship scheme through the Department of Politics, History and International Relations will be registered on module EUI002.  Students taking other work abroad placement opportunities will be registered on SSI002.
  • Registration on the DIntS and DPS routes is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory performance during Parts A and B.

Depending on the Placement type, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS)

120

SSI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for work placements abroad

120

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for the Teaching Assistantship Scheme

120

Students opting for the Study Abroad scheme in Part B will only be allowed to undertake placement year (DInts or DPS) in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Department.

 

Part C

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC032

The Individual and Society

10

SSC220

Crime Prevention

10

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC033

Communicating Sociology

10

SSC211

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

10

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC099

Sociology Dissertation

40


CORE MODULES

Students must also choose ONE 20 credit criminology module from the selection below:

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC238

Youth Justice

20

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

SSC239

Green Criminology

20

In addition, students must also choose ONE 20 credit modules from the options list below:

OPTIONAL MODULES

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

SSC024

Gender, Sex and Society

20

SSC031

History of Ideas: Stereotyping the ‘Other’

20

SSC130

Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

SSC357

Producing the News

20

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC022

Body, Health and the Digital

20

SSC316

Media, Memory and History

20

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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