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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Become proficient at using both sociological and criminological approaches to solve complex problems in real casework on cold cases and case reviews
  • Consider in-depth many aspects of human experience, including the sociology of deviance, social activism, and the context of crime
  • Learn from a teaching team with wide ranging practitioner experience offering genuine insight into the criminal justice system
  • Benefit from interactive and practical teaching approaches that bring theory and practice to life

Criminology has never been concerned solely with crime. Criminologists have always wanted to define the nature of crime and explain its social causes. Although you learn a lot about both criminology and sociology on our joint honours programme, the unique value of its interdisciplinary approach is that it provides deeper insights into the nature and origin of crime.

Over three years, you learn to apply both sociological and criminological theories to complex problems. You learn about the relationship of social inequalities and divisions to crime and deviance, and analyse the best ways to control crime. These might include new policing methods, but also potential changes to housing, welfare and education policies. Or it might mean developing new strategies for the work of the prison and probation services.

Year 1 is foundational and you are introduced to the key theories, concepts and perspectives within both criminology and sociology. These include Communities, Identities and Crime, and Social Policy.

In Year 2, you can focus on a range of sociological themes, such as human rights, youth studies, race, migration, the environment and climate change, while also studying criminological theory. You also develop an understanding of applied research skills and knowledge.

In Year 3, you explore more specialised aspects and undertake research into a topic of your choice to write a dissertation within either criminology or sociology. But there are also more opportunities to follow up a range of special interests, from Crime and Deviance, to Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cyber Crime in criminology, and from Substance Use and Misuse, to Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism, in sociology.

The interdisciplinary approach makes this degree suitable for many professions. You acquire sharp research and analytical skills and a broad social scientific base from which to explore a range of job opportunities.

Careers

Graduates find careers in health and social care, education, marketing and PR, management and human resources, as well as the public sector, including agencies within the criminal justice system.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours

Independent learning: 936 hours

Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

62% coursework
25% written exams
13% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

77% coursework
11% written exams
12% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

82% coursework
16% written exams
2% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 96-112 points
2021 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0) 1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Criminology 15

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines. This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common-sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.

Law, Government and Policy 15

Law, Government and Policy offers a foundation approach to the legal and political processes for criminology students. To be able analyse and critically assess crime, law and order approaches within the wider studies of criminology, it is essential for students to have an appreciation of the processes through which legislation is created and the political influences on them. This module aims to take both a practical and theoretical look at the legal system through the analysis of existing policy and legislation along with experiencing the criminal justice system through court visits. The aim is to bring in guest speakers who are legal practitioners to offer an authentic and realistic element to the programme of teaching. The module will be delivered through interactive lectures making use of case studies, practical applications and policy/legislation analysis.

Police and Police Work 15

The police are one of the most important parts of the criminal justice system and also one of the most scrutinised. This module will introduce students to the work conducted by the police in England and Wales and focus on key debates on the role of the police with respect to the rest of society.

The module will also examine and explore issues such as policing by consent, the arming of police and contemporary issues such as community policing and the policing of terrorism. Other issues will include the policing approaches to protests and demonstrations. Challenges around police and youth groups and policing culture will be further considered. There will also be some comparisons with police forces outside the United Kingdom.

Victimology 15

Victims play a vital role within the criminal justice system with the ‘state’ often taking the role of representative of the victim within formal justice processes. Victims hold a number of different statuses within society – from the ‘ideal victim’ to the victim who ‘asked’ for what has happened to them. Social, legal and political motivations underpin how victims are both treated and portrayed.

This module seeks to explore, appreciate and understand what role victims have within justice systems, how they are represented by both themselves and stakeholders and what challenges and issues are involved with such roles. Through engagement with academic literature, media reporting and political documentation, students will explore the many facets of ‘victimhood’.

Issues and Debates in Social Policy 15

This module explores the topic of social policy. It is a topic that is wide in scope, and you will become familiar with how significant it is to meeting our basic human needs (welfare/wellbeing). As we progress through the module, you will learn about the welfare state along with some of the key areas of social policy. We are going to cover areas such as: income maintenance, housing, and crime, justice and punishment.  In addition to developing your knowledge and understanding of important social-policy issues, you will learn how to work in a group effectively as well as becoming familiar with an innovative way of disseminating information that academics use at conferences – the poster presentation. At the end of the module, you will realise how social policies affect all of our lives.

Understanding Society and the Uses of Sociology 15

This module introduces students to some key sociological issues and how they can achieve impact in society. In this module, students will find out how sociological knowledge is important for society. Students will be introduced to the main ways in which Sociology is practised in the world and the major debates concerning its social purposes will be explored. Different traditions of sociological thought will be compared and contrasted and modes in which we engaged with the social will be examined. Questions considered include the relevance of sociological knowledge to government, the public sphere, the media and economic life. The module will also discuss related issues, such as whether Sociology is a science or a cultural endeavour, and whether sociological research and analysis can be detached and unbiased.

Understanding the Family & Intimate Relationships 30

This module explores the nature of family membership and how this has changed over time. It will examine what families actually do, focusing on emotional intimacy, caring and economic exchange. We will look at the trends in marriage, cohabitation and divorce since the 1970s. You will explore the nature and extent of inequality within families. In addition, we will explore the dark side of the family, looking at domestic abuse, forced marriages and ‘honour’ killings.

Identity, Equality & Diversity 15

This module is designed to help you engage with concepts of identity, equality and diversity, which are terms often used within contemporary society. Using different settings and examples the module aims to explore the key issues of diversity within communities. Why do we as a society, feel that issues of equality and diversity matter?  This module will explore this subject from a range of theoretical perspectives. The module will also tackle the issue of rights and responsibilities, and confidentiality of information.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Penology 15

What constitutes ‘justice’ and how is this ‘delivered’? How did we come to contemporary concepts of “just punishment”? You will be introduced to the most important philosophical interpretations of the concept of punishment, and will discover the birth, evolution and socio-criminological characteristics of the main form of punishment (prison) and its alternatives.  Finally, contemporary penological approaches to the punishment of offenders will be analysed, from community penalties to restorative justice. You will be invited to practice and maintain a critical approach to the subject, in order to understand that theory and reality in criminal justice practice may be two different things, and to identify where some change in the policies could be needed.

Young People, Deviance and Crime 15

This module considers representations of young people as anti-social and deviant. It explores the concepts of ‘youth’ and ‘crime’ and considers the problem of youth and the problem of crime as social constructions. The risk factors and theories regarding deviant and criminal behaviour (biological functionalism, labelling, conflict, subcultures, conflict and control, as well as recent neuropsychological research) will be evaluated. Issues of gender, race and class will also figure in appreciating how these factors are constructed.

Substantive topics include a focus on gangs, the 2011 London Riots and the trajectories of excluded youth; those outside of mainstream school and/or with looked-after status. The Youth Justice system will be explored as part of a consideration of national and international responses to youth deviance.

Optional Modules

Choose one of the below modules:

  • Criminological Research - 30 Credits
  • Applied Research Skills - 15 Credits

 

Optional modules:

  • Comparative Criminal Justice - 15 Credits
  • Landscapes of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Sociology - 15 Credits
  • Violent Crime - 15 Credits
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation - 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society - 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities - 15 Credits
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration - 15 Credits
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society - 15 Credits
  • Youth and Social Change - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering in Criminology - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Penology 15

What constitutes ‘justice’ and how is this ‘delivered’? How did we come to contemporary concepts of “just punishment”? You will be introduced to the most important philosophical interpretations of the concept of punishment, and will discover the birth, evolution and socio-criminological characteristics of the main form of punishment (prison) and its alternatives.  Finally, contemporary penological approaches to the punishment of offenders will be analysed, from community penalties to restorative justice. You will be invited to practice and maintain a critical approach to the subject, in order to understand that theory and reality in criminal justice practice may be two different things, and to identify where some change in the policies could be needed.

Young People, Deviance and Crime 15

This module considers representations of young people as anti-social and deviant. It explores the concepts of ‘youth’ and ‘crime’ and considers the problem of youth and the problem of crime as social constructions. The risk factors and theories regarding deviant and criminal behaviour (biological functionalism, labelling, conflict, subcultures, conflict and control, as well as recent neuropsychological research) will be evaluated. Issues of gender, race and class will also figure in appreciating how these factors are constructed.

Substantive topics include a focus on gangs, the 2011 London Riots and the trajectories of excluded youth; those outside of mainstream school and/or with looked-after status. The Youth Justice system will be explored as part of a consideration of national and international responses to youth deviance.

Optional Modules

Choose one of the below modules:

  • Criminological Research - 30 Credits
  • Applied Research Skills - 15 Credits

 

Optional modules:

  • Comparative Criminal Justice - 15 Credits
  • Landscapes of Conflict - 15 Credits
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Sociology - 15 Credits
  • Violent Crime - 15 Credits
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation - 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society - 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities - 15 Credits
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration - 15 Credits
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society - 15 Credits
  • Youth and Social Change - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering in Criminology - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation OR Extended Independent Study 30

It represents an opportunity for you to undertake a research project on your own.  You will identify a particular research problem to investigate.  Then, you will execute a small-scale piece of research.  This may be a primary or secondary (literature-based) piece of research.  You will produce a scholarly piece of work in the format of a dissertation, as well as produce a poster presentation.  The latter will be displayed at an event for all Sociology students to attend, allowing you to share your research findings with your Sociology peers.

Optional Modules
  • Criminological Investigation Miscarriages of Justice: The Justice Project - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Criminology - 15 Credits
  • Politics of Crime - 15 Credits
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Bodies - 15 Credits
  • Sport and Crime - 15 Credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 Credits
  • Criminological Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology - 15 Credits
  • Social Movements and Protests in the Internet Age - 15 Credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse - 15 Credits
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism - 15 Credits
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation OR Extended Independent Study 30

It represents an opportunity for you to undertake a research project on your own.  You will identify a particular research problem to investigate.  Then, you will execute a small-scale piece of research.  This may be a primary or secondary (literature-based) piece of research.  You will produce a scholarly piece of work in the format of a dissertation, as well as produce a poster presentation.  The latter will be displayed at an event for all Sociology students to attend, allowing you to share your research findings with your Sociology peers.

Optional Modules
  • Criminological Investigation Miscarriages of Justice: The Justice Project - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Criminology - 15 Credits
  • Politics of Crime - 15 Credits
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Bodies - 15 Credits
  • Sport and Crime - 15 Credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 Credits
  • Criminological Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology - 15 Credits
  • Social Movements and Protests in the Internet Age - 15 Credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse - 15 Credits
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism - 15 Credits
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

In some modules, students are strongly recommended that they purchase one or two books (usually a general textbook or a sourcebook that is used weekly across a module). 

Field trips

Some optional criminology modules may involve a field trip. Indicative cost is £500 for each trip.

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
L390
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
On campus, Winchester