Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective. We live in a complex, global, mobile and technologically sophisticated world divided by inequality. How do we make sense of modern society, and how might we investigate crime and criminality? This degree is aimed at those who want to understand how modern societies are structured, but also for those with an interest in questions about crime and criminality. You will learn how to investigate how and why people do what they do and you will learn how social conduct is patterned and shaped. The degree looks at how societies have changed over time, and the formation of the types of global, technologically complex societies with which we are familiar today. It is in this context that you will think about modern forms of crime and criminality. You will study: ideas about the growth and development of the modern state, theories of the formation of modern society and culture, forms of government of crime and the policing of individuals, populations and territories, technologies of forensic policing, surveillance and security, crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence, research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics. Our intention is that you consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher BBBBC-ABBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 33
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma