Criminology and Social Policy

BA


Benefit from on-campus organisations such as the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Introduction

1st in Scotland for Criminology

Guardian's University League Tables 2017


How does society work? How are crime and other social problems situated in society, and how do different cultures understand these problems? What can we learn from the success of social policies in other countries?

This course provides an international and comparative approach to help you understand a wide range of social issues including crime and criminal justice, inequality and welfare, race, immigration, disability, addictions, youth and ageing.

You will attain a strong training in criminology and the theory and methods of applied social science. If you are considering a career in the police, prison service or human rights agencies, it will provide a strong academic base.

Criminology is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and can be studied as a joint degree only. It can be combined with: Law (MM91); Philosophy (MV95); Politics (ML92); Social Policy (LL64), or Sociology (LM39).

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. EU students will also be eligible for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

  • UCAS: LL64
  • Qualification: BA
  • Study methods: Campus based
  • Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

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William Munro

www.stir.ac.uk/social-sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK

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What makes us different?

Benefit from on-campus organisations such as the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBB

IB Diploma:
32 points


Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:
ABB

GCE A-level:
ABB

IB Diploma:
35 points

Essential subjects:
To include Sociology.

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Advanced entry is possible with an HNC/D in Social Sciences

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Essential subjects:

As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information


Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.






 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Fees and costs

Fees 2017/8

Overseas students (non-EU) £11,845.00
Scottish and EU students £1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750.00 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Fees 2018/9

Overseas students (non-EU) £12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9,250.00

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Sociology, Social Policy modules plus two other modules in Year 1.

Semesters 1 - 3

You are required to take the following core
modules:

  • Social Differentiation: The effects that differences in gender, age, ethnicity and status have on the way in which people are treated in different societies
  • Social Problems: Contemporary social issues and policy responses including crime, white collar crime and immigration crime,
  • Understanding Social Policy: Historical and theoretical perspectives on social policy analysis including crime policy

Semesters 4 - 8

You must take core advanced modules in:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice: The architecture of the criminal justice system, and evidence on, and explanations for, crime and offending
  • Development of Social Theory
  • The Research Process: Introduction to methods of social research and analysis, including practical and project work

Optional modules currently include:

  • Crime, Risk and Modernity
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Punishment and Society
  • Criminological Theories in Context
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Urban Society
  • Honours Seminar: Doing Social Research: This module develops
    your ability to synthesise theoretical, methodological and empirical work in Criminology and centres on the process of research. Honours students are required to produce a 10,000 word dissertation in Criminology and take two further advanced modules.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching for each course in Criminology, Sociology and/or Social Policy usually consists of two lectures plus one workshop per week. Assessment in each course is normally based on a combination of coursework and examinations for example, one essay (30 percent) and an examination (70 percent). The final-year dissertation counts for two modules and provides an opportunity to put research methods studied into practice while focusing on an area of particular interest to the student.

Combined degrees

CourseUCAS Code
Law MM91
Philosophy MV95
Politics ML92

Learn more about studying these subjects

Recommended reading

  • Carrabine, E., Iganski, P., Lee, M., Plummer, K and South, N. (2004) Criminology: A sociological introduction. Routledge
  • Croall, H. Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (2010) Criminal Justice in Scotland London: Routledge
  • Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahidin, A. and Wincup, E. (2009) Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • McLaughlin, E. and Muncie, J. (2001) Controlling Crime London: Sage
  • Muncie, J. and McLaughlin, E. (2001) The Problem of Crime London: Sage
  • Newburn, T (2007) Criminology Devon: Willan

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Teaching for each course in Criminology, Sociology and/or Social Policy usually consists of two lectures plus one workshop per week. Assessment in each course is normally based on a combination of coursework and examinations for example, one essay (30 percent) and an examination (70 percent). The final-year dissertation counts for two modules and provides an opportunity to put research methods studied into practice while focusing on an area of particular interest to the student.

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

1st in Scotland and 9th in the UK for Criminology

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Strengths

There is a very strong practical/applied focus at Stirling. There are strong links between research (notably through research centres such as the Dementia Centre, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Scottish Addiction Studies) and teaching. Lecturers involved in applied social science work on, for example, police practice, dementia, children affected by parental substance use, substance use, development or economic cooperation draw on this research in their teaching.

Students receive tuition in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This learning is applied in the Year 4 dissertation module.

Year 1 modules aim to bridge the gap between school and university study through coursework assessments which provide students with a trial run before attempting coursework essays.

A mentoring system is also in place for Year 3 students entering Honours.

Academic Strengths

Our modules are taught by acknowledged experts in their various academic fields and teaching is closely informed by the latest developments in social research. This ensures that our teaching engages with real-world issues in a critical, informed and engaging manner.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Criminology provides a good academic base if you are considering careers in the police, the prison service, probation, social work, community care and law, regulatory fields such as the factory and tax inspectorates, human rights agencies, charitable foundations and lobby groups.

As well as specific subject-based knowledge, you will graduate with a wide range of experience and skills; in particular, communication skills, self management skills and interpersonal skills. These give graduates a competitive edge with employers across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Stirling Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy graduates have a higher-than-average (in the UK) employment rate in degree relevant careers.

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