Social Sciences programmes of study

Social Science refers the group of academic disciplines that study the relationships among individuals within society. The social sciences in our school bring together the academic cognate areas of criminology, police studies, and sociology. 

Irrespective of the discipline studied, students gain an in-depth knowledge of the major theoretical approaches relevant to the area, and of the research methods underpinning them. Our programmes provide education in the quantitative and qualitative methods of the social sciences, and students develop the ability to think critically about issues of importance to society. Students are able to study individual specialisations or take a combination of disciplines to suit their intellectual interests or career aspirations.

Social Sciences graduates develop skills and attributes that are highly sought by employers, including:

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal values, cultural awareness, and ethics
  • Teamwork, leadership, planning, and organisation skills
  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Research skills

At York St John we offer the following Social Sciences programmes:

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology

  • Students develop knowledge of sociological theories and their application to understand how individuals interact with the social world.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of sociology that is of particular interest to them.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology

  • Students develop knowledge of criminological theories and their application to crime and deviance, criminal justice, punishment, rehabilitation and victimisation.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of criminology that is of particular interest to them.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Police Studies

  • Students develop insight into the complex interaction between crime and deviance and contemporary policing. UK and international perspectives are covered.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of policing that is of particular interest to them.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology with Criminology

  • Students develop knowledge of the relationship between social systems, inequality, crime and deviance.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of criminology, from a sociological perspective.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology with Policing Studies

  • Students develop knowledge of the relationship between social systems, inequality, and policing.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of policing, from a sociological perspective.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology with Policing Studies

  • Students develop knowledge of the complex interaction between crime and deviance, and contemporary policing.
  • Students undertake a research project in an area of policing, from a criminological perspective.

 

Postgraduate

Social Science MRES

  • This programme provides students with advanced training in research methods and gives them the opportunity to work on their own extended piece of empirical research under the supervision of one of our social science experts.
  • The MRes is ideal for students aspiring to go on to a PhD in social sciences or for those who want to benefit from advanced research skills to progress in their career.
     

Criminal Justice MA 

  • The programme provides students with an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of the complex interplay between criminal justice and criminology.
  • The MA is ideal for those with an interest in in the increasingly important debates about how to reconcile crime control with respect for, and protection of, human rights.
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