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Undergraduate course

Sociology with Criminology BA (Hons)

If you're fascinated by social inequalities and their relationship to crime and deviance, this is the degree course for you.

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Our Sociology with Criminology programme is concerned with the study of social inequalities and divisions and their relationships with crime and deviance. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of sociological and criminological principles in the analysis of complex social problems.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – LL33
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – Psychological & Social Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Our students engage with the fundamentals of criminology and sociological thought by exploring key theories and their application to the social world. This programme uses the concepts of identity, discourse and ideology to explain complex social divisions based on gender, ethnicity and class and how these factors relate to crime and deviance in the contemporary world. You will also receive training in the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by criminologists and sociologists.

We will work with you to develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism and help you to initiate, design, plan and execute research that supports your personal interests. On this course there is an emphasis on the development of reasoned thought and action and transferable critical thinking skills.

Our graduates have found employment in a range of areas including policing and justice occupations, government organisations and educational institutions,
social work, training, teaching, youth work, working with vulnerable groups and in further research.

Course structure

Level 1



Researching and Presenting (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to the core skills for Undergraduate study such as referencing, evaluating sources and how to present your work in a range of ways.

Introduction to Sociological Theory (20 credits)

This gives you the opportunity to revisit key sociological theories and apply them to the social world.

Sociology of Everyday Life (20 credits)

Develop theoretical and methodological understanding based on practical experience. You'll look at objects and artifacts and apply sociological theories to gave a new perspective on their influence.

Deviance (20 credits)

This module introduces a sociological view to a range of behaviours and considers how some become seen as deviant.

Victimology (20 credits)

The role of the victim is relatively new. This module will encourage you to question why some individuals or groups perceived as more vulnerable, and explore how are they dealt with by society.

Preventing and Punishing (20 credits)

This module considers the changing ways in which society seeks to stop crime happening or punishes it when it does.


Level 2




Social Research 1 (20 credits)

This module will give you the skills to carry out qualitative research.

Social Research 2 (20 credits)

Many jobs involve making sense of data, this module gives you the skills to use software packages to provide an analysis of data.

Sociology of Work (20 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to consider how the world of work has changed.


Political Sociology (20 credits)

Explore topics ranging from the state, democracy, capitalism, the environment, and the major political ideologies, to more contentious politics and social movements.

Violence and Suffering (20 credits)

How do we explain the nature of violence within societies and, importantly, how do we move forward and leave violence behind us?

Issues in Criminal Justice (20 credits)

This module explores how the criminal justice system deals with crimes and those accused of crime. It considers miscarriages of justice and questions what justice is.

Crime and the Economy (20 credits)

This module will help you to develop a critical understanding of the links between the economy and the incidence of crime.

Social Inequalities: Contemporary Debates (20 credits)

This module considers forms of social divisions that have come to be more important in recent years such as disability, and sexuality.


Level 3



Sociological Investigation (40 credits)

This is your opportunity to plan, carry out and write up your own research as a journal article which reflects those that are published.


Sex Work (20 credits)

This module examines sex work and Criminal Justice Systems’ responses to it in a variety of societies at different points in history.

Critical Criminology (20 credits)

This module studies the complex relationships between crime, control and power within the context of globalisation and with a consideration of how the local and the global are linked.

Corporate and White Collar Crime (20 credits)

On this module you'll consider contemporary economic and cultural conditions in relation to morals, ethics and criminality in relation to corporations.

Murder (20 credits)

Murder is not just an individual act or tragedy. In this module we apply sociology to make sense of what we call murder.

Spatial Sociology (20 credits)

This module allows you to explore the ways the spaces we inhabit are increasingly managed and regulated and how we respond to this.

Technology and Society (20 credits)

Develop a critical understanding of the role social media, data and networked devices have in our everyday life.

Solving Social Problems (20 credits)

Consider what becomes a social problem, and how we might address problems such as migration, employment, housing, health, and criminal justice in the context of Yorkshire and the North East.

Crime and Media (20 credits)

Crime is not always represented in an accurate or realistic way in popular culture. This module considers crime within the media in a broad sense.

Prisons and Penology (20 credits)

This module introduces debates about the value of prison, ranging from prison as punishment and deterrent to the need for rehabilitation.

Urban Criminology (20 credits)

Studies how forms of social control are unequally distributed, particularly in cities.

Youth and Resistance (20 credits)

Young people inhabit a social world shaped by others. How can they, how do they, resist and how is resistance dealt with?

State, Nation & Migration (20 credits)

Gain a strong understanding of how migration has shaped and challenged the formation and development of modern states and conceptions of nationhood.

Health, Illness and Society (20 credits)

Consider a social understanding of health and illness and assess how health and illness is not just a matter of biology and disease.

Digital Entrepreneurship and Social Transformation (20 credits)

Study case studies from services and enterprises which have changed the way we live and interact in the 21st century. From health and digital self-tracking to forming romantic relationships via apps like Tinder, and cryptomarkets using Bitcoins to the free sharing of cultural products.

Death (20 credits)

Death is inevitable but how and why we die, and how we deal with death is not. This module considers a sociology of practices around death.

Teaching & Assessment

You will experience a range of teaching approaches as a student on this course. Some modules will have lectures followed by seminars. Other modules adopt a workshop style approach. You will have options with respect to the modules that you take but these are always subject to sufficient numbers. Lectures are used to provide an introduction to particular issues relevant to the module and often incorporate opportunities for asking questions via software which uses mobile phone technology. This means that you can ask questions anonymously. Seminars are smaller classes and require students to contribute. This is the opportunity to make sense of issues and concepts, to clarify how you understand things. They allow you to challenge and provide opportunities where you can be challenged.

To make the most of seminars and workshops you will be provided with guided reading and required to complete work before the class. This might be in the form of readings that are provided or it may be that you are expected to find a suitable reading that reflects that week’s class. 

In year 1 a full-time student should expect to have 10 -12 hours of timetabled classes but you should always expect to spend double this amount of time doing other work. If you are full-time expect to have 35 – 40 hours study in any week. We will support you in this. All academic staff schedule “office hours”. These are times during each week when they are available for you to call in with any queries. You will also have an Academic Tutor. Your academic tutor will arrange to see you twice a year as a minimum. During this meeting he or she will ask you about the things that are holding your grades back and provide advice and guidance to improve in the future. One way of improving may be to take advantage of the range of ways that the University can help. The York St John University Academic Support Team provides help in areas such as: study skills, written English, research skills etc. We all benefit from help at some stage and York St John has an excellent structure to make sure that you can always improve.




You can’t get a degree without taking part in assessment. You will encounter a range of assessment methods, though not exams. You may have to produce reports or essays, or be required to undertake presentations. Essays are very good for assessing understanding of theoretical issues and developing your writing skills. Reports and presentations are very good for developing the sort of skills that you need for work. Most graduate jobs will see you producing some written reports so practicing this skill here will be very helpful. Similarly, it is typical for applicants to have to make a presentation when going for a job, at all levels. We will provide you with opportunities to practice this so that you are in a better position to secure the job that you want.

You will always get feedback on your work, often in ways that will help you polish up your work before submission. Some classes will focus on how to make your work more effective to help you do your best. You will also receive feedback on assignments after submission. We aim to return marked work in three working weeks. Feedback will be aimed at showing you what is weak and how to improve so as to put you in a stronger position for the future. Your academic tutor will talk to you about how.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

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