Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

Criminology and Sociology

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

“What will I do?"

  • You will be taught by staff who are experts in their fields and use their research expertise and publications to inform cutting-edge teaching
  • You will be part of a vibrant academic community which critically debates live social issue that matter to people in Manchester and beyond  - these range widely, from drugs to violent crime, from austerity to Hillsborough
  • You will study and learn inside and outside the classroom, for example through visits, field trips, placements or study exchanges 


“What will I gain?” 

  • A degree from a top 50 department, which is renowned for excellence in both teaching and research (thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk) 
  • Subject expertise to think critically and talk confidently about today’s key social and criminological issues  
  • Innovative research skills training which makes you part of the next generation of social researchers 
  • Friendships and social networks that help you grow as person and enhance future career prospects
  • The discipline of criminology provides you with in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, making you highly employable for organisations dealing with crime

Placement options

The course offers many opportunities to enhance your employability:

  • You can gain valuable work experience while studying through units incorporating volunteering opportunities or placements with a local organisation
  • You can study abroad in your 2nd year (either in the US, Australia or at one of our European partner universities)
  • You can enrich your CV by taking part in one of the faculty’s many student roles, for example becoming a peer mentor or a school ambassador
  • This joint degree provides you with a range of important transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers, including analytical thinking, data analysis, and communication of complex material

 

About the course

This joint degree offers the opportunity to study the two related disciplines of sociology and criminology. 

Both sociology and criminology offer an understanding of the world and society that emphasises the interaction between individuals, groups and social institutions. A key concern is to what extent individuals shape their own lives and in what ways larger social structures (e.g. gender, ethnicity or social class) impact on them. You will gain a thorough grounding in sociological concepts and research method which help us understand how modern society’s function. Moreover, you will study the causes and consequences of crime, society’s responses to law-breaking and the processes of the criminal justice system.

As you progress through this course, you will have increasing levels of flexibility, allowing you to pursue you own specific interests in the fields of sociology and criminology from a broad range of options units. The course is supported by the use of innovative teaching methods, particularly interactive learning, and you will develop a wide range of transferable skills, which will prove valuable for a wide range of graduate careers inside the criminal justice system and beyond.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

In Year 1, the core subjects that you will study will address a range of sociological perspectives on modern society, and investigate methods for understanding the changes that modern society is undergoing. In terms of criminology, the core subjects will address criminological theory, the philosophies and policies of punishment, and research methods.

Core Units
Contemporary British Society (30 credits)

This unit is a broad-based inter-disciplinary unit, (socio-cultural, legal political, economic,) which will allow you to contextualise your subject specific knowledge base (criminology, sociology). You will cover such topics as industrialisation; increasing State intervention and the politics of welfare; social welfare and social control; the role of the Media in the construction of social problems; and 'common sense' about causation and response.

Doing Qualitative Research (15 credits, term 2 only)

What is the best way to study such complex phenomena as the social world and human behaviour? Which methods, if any, produce 'true' knowledge? This unit addresses these questions through real-life research examples. Introducing a range of social scientific methods (including interviews and observation), this unit teaches students practical skills as well knowledge about philosophies and ethics. 

Exploring Modernity (30 credits)

This unit looks at the historical development of sociology and how it has adapted to a constantly changing world. The aim of the unit is to provide you with an understanding of how sociology was born in the late 19th century, and the ways in which it has developed to reflect changes in the wider world and sought to address contemporary challenges and issues. What you will learn is that as the world changed, sociology also changed to adapt itself to the new conditions of social life.

Understanding Criminology (30 credits)

This unit will introduce you to the key theoretical perspectives and recent critiques relevant to the study of crime, criminology and social justice. You will examine popular assumptions of crime and criminality and how crime and deviance are socially and politically constructed. You will be given an overview of the historical development of the varied theoretical perspectives on crime and deviance and the relationships and tensions between theoretical traditions. 

Working with Quantitative Evidence (15 credits, term 1 only)

This is a hands-on unit that demonstrates how numbers are used (and abused) throughout society – including examples from media, marketing and individual decision-making. You will be taught by a dedicated team of researchers from the Q-Step Centre, who take a step-by-step approach to making statistics accessible and engaging. The skills you develop on this unit are highly sought after by employers.  

Year 2

In Year 2, you will examine sociological theory, issues and debates in contemporary sociology, and criminology units including the criminal justice system, and crime and the community. Year 2 also considers the practical aspects of undertaking sociological research. You will be able to select from a wide-range of optional units to study complete the requisite number of units for the year.

Core Units
Becoming a Social Researcher
This unit develops the social research skills introduced in Level 4. In term one, this unit focuses on the theory and practice of qualitative field research. In term two, this unit focuses on the theory and practice of secondary data analysis.
Crime and society
This unit shall critically explore developments and connections between classical and contemporary sociological and criminological theory around crime in society.
Likely Optional Units
‘Out of it’: Substance (Mis)use, Trends and Responses Level 5

This unit will develop your understanding of drugs, why people take them, trends and policy responses by enabling you to apply a range of perspectives.  The unit focuses on the UK but includes a comparative element that compares the levels of drug use and related policy responses to other countries. You will explore some key questions such as: Why do people take drugs? Who takes drugs? How can we make sense of drug use? How do societies respond to drug use? How has drug use changed over time? 

Consumption and Identity in Contemporary Society Level 5

This unit encourages you to reflect critically on contemporary consumer culture. The increasing commodification of everyday life is of chief consideration, along with the potential for alternative social, political and economic structures.

Crime and Media Level 5

This unit familiarises you with the complex relationship between crime and the media, especially the importance of media discourses in terms of representing crime and shaping how crime is understood and dealt with in contemporary society. It covers topics such as: 1. Media representations of crime, criminals and criminality 2. Media fascinations and obsessions with crime 3. The power of the media to shape understanding and governance of crime.

Crime, Deviance and Control Level 5

This unit critically examines traditional, contemporary and critical explanations for the causes of 'crime' and 'deviance' in British society. It investigates the State’s response to 'crime' and 'deviance', especially why particular groups are the focus of criminal justice interventions. The unit encourages and enhances the students’ understanding of society’s attitudes towards 'crime' and constructions of the 'offender' within contemporary society. This includes reflecting on official policies and practices targeted at specific 'offenders', for example those defined as 'gang' members, sex offenders or 'rioters'.

Deconstructing Gender (Level 5)

This unit seeks to deconstruct our everyday understanding of gender and explores how gender is linked to violent and criminal behaviour. Unit topics include gendered identities and their relationship to violence; violent spaces and masculinities (war and military / violent sports); the experiences of women in contact with the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, and campaigning for justice. 

EdLab Level 5 (30 credits)

EdLab units enable students to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Their projects may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities - but they will have real-world value, and lead to real-world impact with broad relevance to education. Tutored input for the unit will largely be facilitative and supportive, enabling students to develop, plan and evaluate projects. They will also be supported by a flexible lecture series which supports them with key aspects of project management - and which draw in guest speakers from external partner agencies, to share insights into their particular contexts and ways of working. The different levels of EdLab unit are distinguished by the extent to which students are expected to originate and take leadership over their projects and engagements. At level 5, students will collaborate as a cross-disciplinary team in a single sustained project. They will work with staff supervision, but under their own leadership as a team. They will scope, devise and implement a project - either responding to curated briefs and challenges from community partners, or through their own analysis of a particular context to recognise an opportunity. Through their work, students will develop their understanding of the creative process, and of project management, as it applies to educational enterprise. Students undertaking a EdLab unit at level 5 will be assessed according to the unit outcomes as they are translated onto the Level 5 University Standard Descriptors in the unit's assessment-specific marking criteria.

Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within Humanities, Languages & Social Science. 

Global Justice and Crime Control Level 5

This unit provides an introduction to international crime, transnational crime and crime control.  Competing theoretical approaches are examined and cross-national and international responses are contextualised. Your studies will include topics such as: Globalisation, cross-border crime and security; examining comparative criminology and criminal justice, social and historical context and the changing nature of security; theorising crime and its control in a global and transnational context;and examining the relationship between criminological and international relations perspectives on crime. 

Identity, Culture and Difference Level 5

This unit explores a number of theoretical approaches which place identity and difference at the centre of analysis. It covers topics such as: Debating Identity and Difference (social vs individual identity; histories and experiences); Globalised Identities and Culture (Globalisation, deterritorialisation, migration, diaspora and hybridity); and Post-Colonialism and Colonized Identities (social and political aspects of identities, post-Colonialism, Imperialism, Orientalism, gendered identities, non-western feminism, sub-altern studies).

Intimate Relationships and Personal Life Level 5

This unit explores the impact of wider social changes within late modernity on personal lives and intimate relationships, paying attention to both change and continuity. It critically examines claims made by social theorists about the detraditionalization of sexual relationships and the 'transformation of intimacy' into a matter of personal choice and satisfaction. Moreover, it considers empirical evidence suggesting that traditionally gendered roles, family structures and sexual practices are still dominant in British society. Topics covered in the unit include couple relationships, sexual practices, weddings and marriage, love, commitment, friendship, and family relationships.

Media and Society Level 5

This unit examines the emergence and development of media forms and the impact of these on society and culture. Media forms including photography, film, television, recorded music and digital media are analysed.

Policing in Britain within a Global Context Level 5

This unit provides an understanding of the social and historical development of policing, placing British policing within its national, regional and international context.  Your studies may include topics such as: National and International trends within policing; Globalisation, Governance and the policing of cross-border crime and security; Historical Contextualisation; Changing methods, structures and the delivery of policing.

Race, Racism and Society Level 5

This unit provides an introduction to the sociological study of race, racism and processes of racialisation. The unit includes topics such as socio-historical development of the concept of race in Western / European societies. The impact of globalisation in terms of migration, economic and socio-political factors in Britain. Implications and impacts of patterns of mass migration to Britain after the Second  World War. A study of media representation of race and racism. A study of race, racism and policing. Theories of racial conflict, multiculturalism, race relations and immigration explored within the context of British society.

Sociological Psychology Level 5

This unit explores the relationship between mind, self and society from a sociological perspective.It covers  the relationship between the self and society and proposes that the self is not innate but emerges in and through social interaction and our culturally-shared symbolic system. A sociological perspective conceives of identities as socially-bestowed, socially-sustained, socially-transformed and even socially-rescinded in and through interactional processes and contexts. Self is viewed as a constantly-evolving social process. 

Sports, Politics and Globalisation Level 5

This unit critically examines the role of sport in society. The history of sport and links with key social, political and cultural contexts are explored, along with assessing the challenges and potential for sport in the contemporary world.  How sport has been positioned by sociologists, historians, politicians, the media and sporting cultures themselves, will provide a historical basis for the unit. 

The Culture of Britishness Level 5

This unit explores British identities and British culture(s) in the contemporary moment. The major focus is on the negotiation of 'Britishness' in a multi-ethnic and diverse society.

The Politics of Imprisonment Level 5

This unit will critically examine the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment and imprisonment. It will consider the legitimacy of the state's use of punishment and legitimacy. The unit will examine contemporary studies to develop a critical understanding of punishment, social control and imprisonment.

Victims and Restorative Justice Level 5

This unit looks at what it means to be a victim of crime and how people become recognised as victims.  It will also consider restorative justice and what it has to offer victims.  The unit begins by analysing the difference between victimisation and victimhood: who is the 'ideal victim' and how have real victims been viewed by criminologists and the criminal justice system? The second section of the unit takes a critical criminological approach to questions of victimisation and power. The third section of the unit assesses the position of victims in the criminal justice system.

Volunteering and Community Networking Level 5

You will undertake a volunteering opportunity for this unit. Theories of volunteering, policy and the community support this, and will be applied to your experience of volunteering. It also covers the voluntary sector (definitions, functions; funding); patterns of, and motivations for volunteering; issues of community, networking, social capital and social exclusion; social policy and the voluntary sector; political objectives and policy initiatives impacting on the voluntary sector; reflective practice and experiential learning as a means of enhancing employability.

Women's Lives: National and International Perspectives Level 5

An overview, comparison and analysis of gender and women's lives in varying societies. Issues include family, work, health, social change and women's movements. It covers topics such as: approaches to disadvantage and subordination; theoretical approaches to gender; discussions of social change and globalisation in relation to women's lives across the world.

Work, Leisure and Lifestyles: From Factory Floors to Nightclub Brawls Level 5

This unit seeks to critcally explore the field in three blocks. Firstly, the classical concerns with work including theories from Marxism, Weber and Durkhei. Secondly, the more contemporary concerns with new forms of work and leisure spaces including studies of call centres, club cultures, sex work and door work, which utilises more postmodernist ideas of power, negotiated identity and subcultures. Thirdly, to explore the appropriate methodological ways to investigate work, lesiure and lifestyle spaces and settings.

World Without Borders Level 5

Analyses key issues in transnational studies: e.g. gender, migration, livelihoods, violent conflicts/war.  Discussion of key issues concerning globalisation and transnationalism - e.g. uneven development; the local and the global; relative weight of the economic, social and cultural. The unit then goes on to examine selected, specific topics including: changes in women's status, sexuality and family relationships; globalisation and livelihoods; migration and multiculturalism; wars and violent conflicts.

Youth in Crisis? Young People, Crime and Justice Level 5

This unit examines a range of issues relating to young people's experiences of crime and the youth justice system. The concepts of ‘young people’ and ‘crime’ are both social constructions. Young people are both seen in a positive light – as enthusiastic and pursuing moral ideals – and demonised as amoral and anti-social ‘yobs’. Similarly, the history of crime control demonstrates that those behaviours subject to formal censure and punishment are not a given but depend on at what point in history the act was committed; who committed it; who or what was the target; and in what wider social context was the act committed. This unit critically considers how these two aspects come together throughout history to position young people and crime in various ways. 

Year 3

In Year 3, you will study two 15-credit core units in which you will debate and apply key criminological and sociological concepts to real world issues.

Core Units
The Criminological Imagination (15 credits)

The Criminological Imagination is aimed to provide with short research-led teaching, offering a range of themes split into five week blocks of teaching.  You will select two out of the possible four options where you will engage in classical and contemporary academic debates and apply key criminological theories to real world settings. Sessions on this unit will be focused around themes that are tied to the academic research and expertise of the teaching staff and will be taught through a variety of teaching methods beyond the conventional lecture/seminar format.

The Sociological Imagination (15 credits)

This unit will explore a variety of key themes within contemporary sociology. You will select three themes, which will allow to pursue different areas of interest through a choice of topics. Each theme will explore contemporary issues and debates from a variety of sociological perspectives, allowing you to apply key sociological theories to real world settings and engage in classical and contemporary academic debates about the discipline.

Likely Optional Units
Applied Dissertation (Sociology/ Criminology)

This unit allows you to pursue independent study in a locally based organisation for a year. The choice of topic can be their own or it might be negotiated between the students and with the organisation. The study results in a sustained, in-depth piece of scholarly work, supported by an academic supervisor.

Applied Quantitative Dissertation

This unit will provide the opportunity to research and produce a sustained, in-depth, piece of scholarly work based on a specific topic of study using quantitative methods. For this you will work with a community organisation and the choice of topic will be negotiated in conjunction with that organisation. We have a substantial list of community organisation available for you to work with which include Her Majesties Inspectorate of Probation, British Red Cross, Manchester City and Manchester United Football Club, Trafford Citizen's Advice Bureau, Manchester Probation Service, the Children’s Society, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester.  The final submitted dissertation is around 10,000 words in length.

Body, Sexuality and Culture
This unit will focus on normative ideas concerning body shape, gender and desire. The unit engages with queer, transgender and feminist theories that aim to support a more benign understanding of sexuality and gender diversity. It covers topics such as: constructionism vs essentialism; the history of the body, gender and sexuality; sexual identities, queer theory, heteronormativity; transgender; bisexuality; body modification; BDSM; social movements and sexual politics; ethical conflicts about sexuality; HIV/AIDS; race and sexuality; normative ideas about beauty; disability; global sexual economies; queer diasporas
Consumption and Identity in Contemporary Society Level 6

This unit encourages you to reflect critically on contemporary consumer culture. The increasing commodification of everyday life is of chief consideration, along with the potential for alternative social, political and economic structures.

Crime and Media Level 6

This unit familiarises you with the complex relationship between crime and the media, especially the importance of media discourses in terms of representing crime and shaping how crime is understood and dealt with in contemporary society. It covers topics such as: 1. Media representations of crime, criminals and criminality 2. Media fascinations and obsessions with crime 3. The power of the media to shape understanding and governance of crime.

Crime, Deviance and Control Level 6

This unit critically examines traditional, contemporary and critical explanations for the causes of 'crime' and 'deviance' in British society. It investigates the State’s response to 'crime' and 'deviance', especially why particular groups are the focus of criminal justice interventions. The unit encourages and enhances the students’ understanding of society’s attitudes towards 'crime' and constructions of the 'offender' within contemporary society. This includes reflecting on official policies and practices targeted at specific 'offenders', for example those defined as 'gang' members, sex offenders or 'rioters'.

Deconstructing Gender (Level 6)

This unit seeks to deconstruct our everyday understanding of gender and explores how gender is linked to violent and criminal behaviour. Unit topics include gendered identities and their relationship to violence; violent spaces and masculinities (war and military / violent sports); the experiences of women in contact with the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, and campaigning for justice. 

Dissertation (Criminology/ Sociology)

This unit will provide the opportunity to research and produce a sustained, year long, in-depth, research based, piece of scholarly work based on a specific topic of study. The onus is on independent study.

Diversity, Difference and (the limits of) Criminology
This unit will appraise both theoretical and evidence-based explanations to understand inequality within the delivery of Criminal Justice. It covers areas such as the concept of diversity and its relationship to criminology; differential treatment and the variable impact of crime on diverse and marginalised groups (including ethnicity, gender, social class, age, disability and sexuality); a critical appraisal of the limitations of criminology in addressing the 'crime' problem. Evaluating the impact of Criminal Justice responses to diversity.
EdLab Level 6 (30 credits)

EdLab units enable students to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Their projects may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities - but they will have real-world value, and lead to real-world impact with broad relevance to education. Tutored input for the unit will largely be facilitative and supportive, enabling students to develop, plan and evaluate projects. They will also be supported by a flexible lecture series which supports them with key aspects of project management - and which draw in guest speakers from external partner agencies, to share insights into their particular contexts and ways of working. The different levels of EdLab unit are distinguished by the extent to which students are expected to originate and take leadership over their projects and engagements. At level 6, students will take the lead in the negotiation, design and implementation of a project. They will work under the supervision of a tutor to liaise with an external community partner, to recruit and coordinate a cross-disciplinary team of students from other EdLab levels of study. Through their work, students will develop their understanding and skills in leadership and management as applied to educational innovation, together with specific expertise in the focus of the project and the context of its application. Students undertaking a EdLab unit at level 6 will be assessed according to the unit outcomes as they are translated onto the Level 6 University Standard Descriptors in the unit¿s assessment-specific marking criteria.

Extremism and Political Radicalism
The unit aims to conceptualise protest and political extremism, to analyse the causes of dissent and to explore state responses. It covers topics such as political radicalism; threat or progressive force in society? From Peterloo to Paris, understanding modern protest; Single issue politics and new social movements; Urban disorders and their causes and state responses; Politically motivated extremism, an overview; Nationalism, racism and white supremacist movements; Radical utopianism; Religious fundamentalism; Terrorism; and State Responses to extremism and politically motivated violence.
Global Justice and Crime Control Level 6

This unit provides an introduction to international crime, transnational crime and crime control.  Competing theoretical approaches are examined and cross-national and international responses are contextualised. Your studies will include topics such as: Globalisation, cross-border crime and security; examining comparative criminology and criminal justice, social and historical context and the changing nature of security; theorising crime and its control in a global and transnational context;and examining the relationship between criminological and international relations perspectives on crime.

Identity, Culture and Difference Level 6

This unit explores a number of theoretical approaches which place identity and difference at the centre of analysis. It covers topics such as: Debating Identity and Difference (social vs individual identity; histories and experiences); Globalised Identities and Culture (Globalisation, deterritorialisation, migration, diaspora and hybridity); and Post-Colonialism and Colonized Identities (social and political aspects of identities, post-Colonialism, Imperialism, Orientalism, gendered identities, non-western feminism, sub-altern studies).

Intimate Relationships and Personal Life Level 6

This unit explores the impact of wider social changes within late modernity on personal lives and intimate relationships, paying attention to both change and continuity. It critically examines claims made by social theorists about the detraditionalization of sexual relationships and the 'transformation of intimacy' into a matter of personal choice and satisfaction. Moreover, it considers empirical evidence suggesting that traditionally gendered roles, family structures and sexual practices are still dominant in British society. Topics covered in the unit include couple relationships, sexual practices, weddings and marriage, love, commitment, friendship, and family relationships.

Media and Society Level 6

This unit examines the emergence and development of media forms and the impact of these on society and culture. Media forms including photography, film, television, recorded music and digital media are analysed

Policing in Britain within a Global Context Level 6

This unit provides an understanding of the social and historical development of policing, placing British policing within its national, regional and international context.  Your studies may include topics such as: National and International trends within policing; Globalisation, Governance and the policing of cross-border crime and security; Historical Contextualisation; Changing methods, structures and the delivery of policing; and cooperation, consent, legitimacy and accountability.

Race, Racism and Society Level 6

This unit provides an introduction to the sociological study of race, racism and processes of racialisation. The unit includes topics such as socio-historical development of the concept of race in Western / European societies. The impact of globalisation in terms of migration, economic and socio-political factors in Britain. Implications and impacts of patterns of mass migration to Britain after the Second World War. A study of media representation of race and racism. A study of race, racism and policing. Theories of racial conflict, multiculturalism, race relations and immigration explored within the context of British society.

Sociological Psychology Level 6

This unit explores the relationship between mind, self and society from a sociological perspective.It covers  the relationship between the self and society and proposes that the self is not innate but emerges in and through social interaction and our culturally-shared symbolic system. A sociological perspective conceives of identities as socially-bestowed, socially-sustained, socially-transformed and even socially-rescinded in and through interactional processes and contexts. Self is viewed as a constantly-evolving social process.

Sports, Politics and Globalisation Level 6

This unit critically examines the role of sport in society. The history of sport and links with key social, political and cultural contexts are explored, along with assessing the challenges and potential for sport in the contemporary world.  How sport has been positioned by sociologists, historians, politicians, the media and sporting cultures themselves, will provide a historical basis for the unit. 

The Culture of Britishness Level 6

This unit explores British identities and British culture(s) in the contemporary moment. The major focus is on the negotiation of 'Britishness' in a multi-ethnic and diverse society.

The Politics of Imprisonment Level 6

This unit will critically examine the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment and imprisonment. It will consider the legitimacy of the state's use of punishment and legitimacy. The unit will examine contemporary studies to develop a critical understanding of punishment, social control and imprisonment.

Undercover: Theory and Practice

This unit shall critically explore the tradition of covert research in the social sciences in four blocks. The first one explores key debates around ethics and the justification of deception and the governance of social research. Next, classic covert examples and their legacies shall be explored in detail. Thirdly, the contemporary Diaspora of covert research shall be explored from a range of case studies with particular emphasis drawn upon the night-time economy. The final block explores new developments within cyber and virtual ethnography and auto-ethnography with particular emphasis on the problems of lurking and recollected experiences.

Victims and Restorative Justice Level 6

This unit looks at what it means to be a victim of crime and how people become recognised as victims.  It will also consider restorative justice and what it has to offer victims.  The unit begins by analysing the difference between victimisation and victimhood: who is the 'ideal victim' and how have real victims been viewed by criminologists and the criminal justice system? The second section of the unit takes a critical criminological approach to questions of victimisation and power. The third section of the unit assesses the position of victims in the criminal justice system.

Volunteering and Community Networking Level 6

You will undertake a volunteering opportunity for this unit. Theories of volunteering, policy and the community support this, and will be applied to your experience of volunteering. It also covers the voluntary sector (definitions, functions; funding); patterns of, and motivations for volunteering; issues of community, networking, social capital and social exclusion; social policy and the voluntary sector; political objectives and policy initiatives impacting on the voluntary sector; reflective practice and experiential learning as a means of enhancing employability.

Women's Lives: National and International Perspectives Level 6

An overview, comparison and analysis of gender and women's lives in varying societies. Issues include family, work, health, social change and women's movements. It covers topics such as: approaches to disadvantage and subordination; theoretical approaches to gender; discussions of social change and globalisation in relation to women's lives across the world.

Work, Leisure and Lifestyles: From Factory Floors to Nightclub Brawls Level 6

This unit seeks to critcally explore the field in three blocks. Firstly, the classical concerns with work including theories from Marxism, Weber and Durkhei. Secondly, the more contemporary concerns with new forms of work and leisure spaces including studies of call centres, club cultures, sex work and door work, which utilises more postmodernist ideas of power, negotiated identity and subcultures. Thirdly, to explore the appropriate methodological ways to investigate work, lesiure and lifestyle spaces and settings.

Working with Offenders

This unit considers the work of criminal justice agencies (notably Probation, Prisons & YOTs) to manage offenders and promote change; includes practice, theory and research.  The unit explores work with offenders to reduce re-offending and manage risk within the modern criminal justice context.  Your studies will include topics such as: Desistance from offending: theory and research;  Underpinning principles and historical development of work with offenders; Impact of modern criminal justice priorities on approaches to working with offenders; Management of dangerous offenders; Research into 'what works' to reduce re-offending and Role of assessment. 

World Without Borders Level 6

Analyses key issues in transnational studies: e.g. gender, migration, livelihoods, violent conflicts/war.  Discussion of key issues concerning globalisation and transnationalism - e.g. uneven development; the local and the global; relative weight of the economic, social and cultural. The unit then goes on to examine selected, specific topics including: changes in women's status, sexuality and family relationships; globalisation and livelihoods; migration and multiculturalism; wars and violent conflicts.

Youth in Crisis? Young People, Crime and Justice Level 6

This unit examines a range of issues relating to young people's experiences of crime and the youth justice system. The concepts of ‘young people’ and ‘crime’ are both social constructions. Young people are both seen in a positive light – as enthusiastic and pursuing moral ideals – and demonised as amoral and anti-social ‘yobs’. Similarly, the history of crime control demonstrates that those behaviours subject to formal censure and punishment are not a given but depend on at what point in history the act was committed; who committed it; who or what was the target; and in what wider social context was the act committed. This unit critically considers how these two aspects come together throughout history to position young people and crime in various ways. 

‘Out of it’: Substance (Mis)use, Trends and Responses Level 6

This unit will develop your understanding of drugs, why people take them, trends and policy responses by enabling you to apply a range of perspectives.  The unit focuses on the UK but includes a comparative element that compares the levels of drug use and related policy responses to other countries. You will explore some key questions such as: Why do people take drugs? Who takes drugs? How can we make sense of drug use? How do societies respond to drug use? How has drug use changed over time?

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations and coursework including essays, research projects, book reviews, in-class tests and dissertations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 85% coursework; 15% examination
  • Year 2 85% coursework; 15% examination
  • Year 3 75% coursework; 25% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Assessment 100% coursework

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/sociology/staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

112

Minimum 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 DMM or Advanced Diploma).

A2 in a social science or humanities subject is required


 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

Opportunities may exist in the established agencies of the criminal justice system (for example, the police, prisons and probation services or in the private sector companies that have undertaken the provision of criminal justice services).

There is also the potential to work in areas such as probation work, housing, family care and other roles in social services.

Other graduates have gone into administrative and managerial jobs in local or national government, or working for the voluntary sector.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications through UCAS

Part-time applications - download an application form at www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

Unistats Information

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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