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Explore the nature and social impact of crime and investigate the subject from a critical and sociological perspective. You'll graduate with the skills and experience suitable for a wide range of careers in the policy, legal, criminal justice, academic and civil sectors. You could find a job as a youth worker, counsellor, police or probation officer – or pursue a career in human rights, counter-terrorism or the intelligence services.

  • Issues of social inequality and justice are brought to the foreground in this degree. You’ll learn how race, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control, taking an international perspective to explore differences across the globe.
  • You'll be taught by researchers at the cutting edge of criminological and sociological research on urban crime, control and security, and globalisation and crime. And, as part of a tight-knit group of students, you'll benefit from the support and expertise of your teachers throughout your degree.
  • Modules such as Criminal Justice in Context give you the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in criminal justice, policy and campaigning sectors, offering up to date knowledge.
  • You’ll have access to a range of work placements and volunteer opportunities and we’ll help you find an organisation that suits you. You might take part in training to support a victim of crime, attend court, or mentor young people.
  • You'll learn how to research. Being able to gather and analyse different types of information from a wide variety of sources is a vital skill in the digital age where there is a lot of information but a shortage of truth.
  • Sociology at Goldsmiths achieved a high score of 93% for the overall quality of our teaching in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS). You'll be taught by experts in the social sciences, as well as those involved with and who have experience of criminal justice.

Explore the nature and social impact of crime and investigate the subject from a critical and sociological perspective. You'll graduate with the skills and experience suitable for a wide range of careers in the policy, legal, criminal justice, academic and civil sectors. You could find a job as a youth worker, counsellor, police or probation officer – or pursue a career in human...

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Course Content

This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study:

  • how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order
  • explanations for why people commit ‘crime’
  • how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently
  • the history and development of criminology as a discipline
  • social control, policing, surveillance and security
  • crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence
  • practical cases and stories from people working in and with experience of the criminal justice system
  • research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics

You'll learn to consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. You will develop a practical, but conceptually sophisticated, set of skills that will equip you for a range of careers in the sector and beyond.

This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study: how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order explanations for why people commit ‘crime’ how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how...

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Entry Requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655 
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

We accept the following qualifications: A-level: BBB BTEC: DDM International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655  Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules

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Assessment Methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 50% coursework, 50% written exam
  • Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 3 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*: Year 1 - 50% coursework, 50% written exam Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25%...

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