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Sociology and Criminology BA (UCAS L314)

General entry requirements

A levels

ABB

IB

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BTEC

We welcome applications from students taking BTEC qualifications, either alone or in combination with A levels. Our typical BTEC offers are as follows:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate plus 2 A-Levels: D plus AB.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma plus 1 A-Level: DD plus A.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD.

International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

This degree emphasises the way in which social cleavages such as race, gender and class intersect with the study of crime and criminal justice in an international context. Combining these subjects will give you a thorough, yet broad understanding of the surrounding issues and concepts that relate to questions of justice and criminalisation today.

Drawing on established strengths within our Sociology Department, you will explore a variety of areas: culture and ethnic identities, geo-political conflict, gender, environmentalism, social movements, sexuality, social theory, state crime, terrorism and modern society, punishment and community justice, youth crime, youth justice, policing, and issues of security in a global context.


Study abroad

You have the option of studying abroad which will add one year to your degree, as you will spend your third year abroad. Immerse yourself in life in another country and grow as a global citizen. Explore other cultures, languages, and understand global connections and inequalities.

Countries Sociology students have visited:

Europe

  • École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
  • Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Germany
  • Goteborg University, Sweden
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Universitat Autōnoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Universitat Bremen, Germany
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Iceland Worldwide

Worldwide

  • Monash University, Australia and/or Malaysia
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Western University, Canada
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Xiamen University, China
  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

*Please note countries and institutions are subject to change.

Core modules

What you will learn

  • To apply key sociological categories such as class, gender, and ‘race’ to analyse various social problems and imagine creative solutions to these issues
  • How societies have changed over time and how key institutions within these have functioned
  • How we might explain offending behaviours and explore the effects of crime on individuals and communities
  • How the criminal justice system operates and with what impacts
  • To search for answers to social justice issues by examining and questioning the role of the police, courts, prisons and civil society
  • To critically engage with theoretical and methodological debates in contemporary Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as in Sociology
  • To develop theoretical and conceptual knowledge and enhance your understanding of empirical research
This degree covers topics such as:
  • Culture and ethnic identities
  • Geo-political conflict
  • Gender
  • Environmentalism
  • Social movements
  • Sexuality
  • Class and capitalism
  • Social theory
  • State crime
  • Terrorism and issues of security in global context
  • Punishment and community justice
  • Youth crime and youth justice
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Inequalities
  • Discrimination, racism, xenophobia
  • Health and illness in society

Important information

We are planning to make some changes to our BA Sociology and Criminology course for 2022 entry. Core modules are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As any changes are confirmed, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.


Year One

History of Sociological Thought

What holds societies together? How do societies change? And how is politics in the conventional sense affected by factors such as class, status, ethnicity or religion, or the state of the economy? These are some of the questions with which you will engage with when you consider the history of sociological thought. You will gain skills of research, analysis and debate by considering the extent to which sociology may be considered a science and how the evolution of sociological thought has been shaped by events and the cultural, economic and political problems of the day.

Criminology: Theories and Concepts

This module will develop your understanding of key criminological perspectives and will encourage you to reflect on different assumptions and ideologies behind these different perspectives. It will equip you to be able to apply criminological theory to a broad range of contemporary problems of crime, social inequality disorder and social harm.

Researching Society and Culture

What is society and how do you study it? Is human behaviour governed by rules similar to the natural world that you can study objectively? Or do human beings consciously act upon their environment and change the world through creativity and intelligence, driven by their own understanding and motivations. These are some of the questions that this module will explore.

You will be introduced to the core ideas behind sociological research and the practical tools to undertake research yourself. As well as looking at some of the key qualitative methods (for example, interviews, ethnography and discourse analysis), you will also examine the political, ethical and practical issues that social research inevitably entails.

Crime and Society

This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between crime, its social context and current issues in the socio-political global context of crime and punishment. You will explore the sociological approaches to crime, victimisation and punishment through categories such as class, gender, ethnicity, mobility and space. You will develop the necessary analytical, theoretical and critical skills to examine contemporary problems and debates in the fields of criminalisation and justice.

Introduction to Social Analytics in Social Inequalities Research

In the age of ever-increasing data availability which is paired with a growing sophistication of statistical techniques, the opportunities for social science research are vast. This module will give you an understanding of the basic elements of core descriptive statistics which will allow you not only to critically engage with quantitative findings in existing social science research, but also conduct quantitative analysis yourself. The module covers the topics of conceptualisation, operationalisation and measurement, as well as the principles of sampling and the basics of research design. You will be introduced to the process of social science research and quantitative methods in one hour lectures, and then explore these in extended seminars (2h) both through readings, and the statistical software SPSS. We will be working on real data sets, such as the European Social Survey.

Year Two

Designing and Conducting Social Research

This module will teach you the core concepts and practical skills to undertake qualitative social research in academic and professional settings. These include research design, ethnography, in-depth interviewing, documents and discourse. As well as practical skills, you will investigate how social research has changed in recent decades, considering:

• ethical questions when researching life online

• how (and whether you should) study Twitter

• effects of social media on social interactions

• how to engage diverse audiences

You will also gain analytical skills to critically evaluate previous research, and develop your ability to collect and analyse data using a range of qualitative methods.

Modern Social Theory

This module will introduce you to the main thinkers and movements in critical social theory. Topics include Marxism, post-structuralism, class and culture. The changing conceptualisation of power and class is a focus throughout the module. This helps you to see how the different theoretical approaches relate to each other, and to historical and political events.

Gender, Crime and Justice

This module will develop the necessary analytical, theoretical and critical skills to analyse the complex relationship between gender and crime in contemporary society. You will be presented with a range of theoretical and conceptual issues around the theme of gender, crime and justice including feminist writing on the meaning and relevance of gender. The course will highlight some of the key issues when exploring crime, victimisation and criminal justice in relation to gender.

Advanced Theory in Criminology and Social Justice

This module aims to critically engage students with core theories and major advances in criminological theory. Key issues and advances within core areas of theoretical criminology will be explored, including: classicism and neo-classicism; feminist criminology; abolitionism, post-colonial criminology and queer criminology, for example. Our concerns will be linked to existential and ethical questions about: crime, justice, poverty, welfare and social activism. Finally, the module will address the extent to which it is possible to create and sustain a ‘progressive’ agenda for the future of criminal justice.

Year Three

Dissertation


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

Year One
  • Race and the Making of the Modern World
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Life of Media: Past, Present and Future
  • Sociology of Education
  • Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World

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Year Two
  • Commercial Cultures in Global Capitalism
  • Educational Inequalities
  • Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
  • Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies
  • Media, Audiences and Social Change
  • Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research
  • Multivariate Secondary Analysis of Social Data
  • Political Sociology
  • Gender and Violence
  • Surveillance and Society: Race, Gender, Class
  • Beyond the Binary: Trans-forming Gender
  • War, Memory and Society
  • Social Theory of Law

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Year Three
  • Social Movements and Political Action
  • Racism and Xenophobia
  • Ethnography and the Anthropological Tradition
  • Transnational Media Ecologies
  • Race, Resistance and Modernity
  • Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals
  • Punishment, Justice and Control
  • Feminist Pedagogy/Feminist Activism
  • Postcolonial Theory and Politics
  • Queering Sociology
  • State Crime, Human Rights and Global Wrongs
  • Applying Quantitative Methods to Social Research
  • Experiments in the Social Sciences and Humanities Sociology of End Times
  • Global South and Indigenous Feminisms
  • Social Data Science

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Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, reports, podcasts, reflective writing, and unseen exams. In the final year, there is a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching

Most modules are taught using a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures give an introduction to a topic to help prepare you for discussions in seminars. In seminars, you can engage in debates and share your views.

You will have a personal tutor who you can speak to about any questions you may have. There are also regular feedback sessions and opportunities to speak to module directors and seminar tutors.


Class sizes

Seminars have 15 to 17 students. Lecture sizes vary.

Typical contact hours

There are 10–11 hours of formal contact time available per week in Year One, to help you settle into University life. After then, 8 hours of contact time is available per week.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

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Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

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Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Your career

Where a Sociology and Criminology degree can take you:

  • Professional roles in various national and international NGOs, civil society and charity organisations
  • Civil service careers
  • Researchers and research analysts for state and independent bodies
  • Professions in various criminal justice institutions
  • Accounting and Finance careers
  • Academic careers and doctoral scholarships for further study
  • Teaching Careers
  • Social Work
  • Careers and Employability Assistant
  • Customer Representatives and HR Graduates
  • Directorate Administrators
  • Event Administrator
  • Resident Tutors
  • Management Trainees
  • Marketing & Development Coordinators
  • Senior Sales Consultants

Graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

  • Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Centrica PLC, Choice
  • Spotify
  • Common Vision UK
  • Credo Care
  • Girlguiding
  • Hawkins Estate Agents
  • Holmfirth Junior and Infants
  • Imperial College London
  • National Counties Building Society
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Qualia Analytics
  • Teachfirst
  • Orange Tree

Supporting you in your career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you.

They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year.

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Sociology at Warwick

We have an international reputation for research excellence, a global and cosmopolitan perspective, and high-quality teaching. Our curriculum offers a comprehensive and up-to-date foundation with a diverse range of specialist options:

What does it mean to understand the world in which you live? What will your contribution be to this changing world? How do your own experiences and life chances compare to those of others?

Sociology – the study of humans in society – attempts to capture the rich variety and complexity of human social life. Indeed, it is difficult to think of any area of social existence that a sociologist wouldn’t be interested in examining, from the most intimate of personal relationships to the worldwide circulation of ideas, beliefs, products and people.

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