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You are not required to do any specific reading before joining us on your course. However, if you would like to get into ‘university mode’ before starting at Warwick, the following texts are a good introduction to sociology and criminology at undergraduate level:

General Books on Sociology

Bauman, Z. & T. May (2001) Thinking Sociologically. Oxford: Blackwell.

Cohen, R. & P. Kennedy (2013) Global Sociology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Giddens. A. & Phillip W. Sutton (eds) (2010) Sociology Introductory Readings. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Mills, C. Wright (1959) The Sociological Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sociological Research Methods

Bryman, A. (2015) Social Research Methods, 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology, 3rd ed. London: Routledge.

Hucklesby, A. & Wahidin, A. (eds) (2013) Criminal Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Study Skills

At degree level you’ll be expected to do more independent reading than you are probably used to. A useful short book to help you start planning for this is:

Godfrey, J. (2014) Reading and Making Notes (Pocket Study Skills). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Another good book on general writing skills is:

Copus, J. (2009) Brilliant Writing Tips for Students (Pocket Study Skills). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.