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BSc Social Policy and Criminology


UCAS code: LM42

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2013: 83

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Programme details

First year

The core course, Foundations of Social Policy, gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in Britain since the nineteenth century, but within a comparative perspective. Crime and Society considers different conceptualisations of crime and its measurement, before critically examining the multiple ways in which crime patterns are understood by the public, politicians, the media and criminologists.You choose either Sociology and Social Policy, which offers an introduction to sociology and applies sociological perspectives to social policy fields and issues or Social Economics and Policy, which provides an introduction to economics and its application to social policy or Introduction to Global Population Change which is concerned with inter-relationships between the population characteristics of a society (fertility, mortality and migration) and their economic and social context. 

You may choose your fourth course from the wide range of options available in other departments, but students are encouraged to choose courses that introduce them to one of several social science approaches that have relevance to the study of social policy. 

Second year

There are three compulsory courses. Criminological Perspectives examines the major theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of crime and the research that contributes to their formation and testing. Implementing Social Policy: From Principles to Practice deals with various approaches to theorising about the state in terms of what each implies for its role in social policy interventions, and with issues involved in translating these approaches into practice - the implementation of social policy. Research Methods for Social Policy provides a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research in social policy.

You may choose your fourth course either from the range of options offered in social policy, including Psychology of Crime and Criminal Justice, or from the available courses in other departments.

Third year

There are two compulsory courses. Comparative and International Social Policy examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by countries at different stages of economic development. Crime Control: Ideas and Controversies provides a critical understanding of contemporary crime control policy, paying particular attention to issues such as policing and security; crime prevention and surveillance; drugs; youth and punishment.

The third course will be an option from the range offered in the social policy options list. The fourth course may be an approved outside option, or alternatively a long essay on an approved relevant topic, providing the opportunity to explore an area that interests you in some depth.