St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Sociologists study how society is created and how human beings form social relationships. A major challenge to society is ‘crime’. Criminology examines ‘crime’ and ‘deviance’, and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena. Studying Criminology and Sociology at St Mary’s will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice. Our concern for social justice takes you beyond ‘official’ or ‘administrative’ criminology to wider issues of social and environmental harm and human rights. This programme will develop your critical awareness skills, and introduce you to the nature and scope of research, both in the field and as a process of information generation. You will also be able to connect to key institutions and practitioners. The degree provides you with a number of benefits such as field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers and workshops.

Course Modules

The degree begins with a comprehensive introduction to the scope of criminology and sociology, in particular the sociological dimensions of the study of criminal justice, crime and deviance. The core modules will focus on how classical sociological theory has understood the social world and how that relates to definitions of, and policies for crime. In the second year modules will consider sociological understandings of a globalised society and the impact this has on forms of crime and the criminal justice processes established to police these crimes. There is an increased intersection between crime and social problems: examples include Human Trafficking /Modern Slavery, Organised Crime Groups, Drugs, Housing and Anti-Social Behaviour. In year three you have more choice of options to develop your particular interests in criminology and sociology. In Criminology: New Perspectives emerging new areas like green, public or 'queer' criminologies are examined.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees