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On joining this course you will become part of an exciting, dynamic and distinctive university department which has received continued praise for their high quality, research-rich teaching and learning experience.

100% of Criminology and Sociology students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

You will have the option to apply for a relevant work placement – for instance, in a prison or police station – and learn from lecturers who are also leading researchers in a variety of cutting-edge research fields in criminology and sociology.  You can take part in modules that speak to our other thought-provoking specialisms within criminology (e.g. victimisation, sex work) and sociology (e.g. happiness, international development), offering synergised breadth and depth across both disciplines.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

On joining this course you will become part of an exciting, dynamic and distinctive university department which has received continued praise for their high quality, research-rich teaching and learning experience.

100% of Criminology and Sociology students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

You will have the option to apply for a relevant work placement – for instance, in a prison or police station – and learn from lecturers who are also leading researchers in a variety of cutting-edge research fields in criminology and sociology.  You can take part in modules that speak to our other thought-provoking specialisms within criminology (e.g. victimisation, sex work) and sociology (e.g. happiness, international development), offering synergised breadth and depth across both disciplines.

Northumbria was ranked top 25 in the Guardian University Guide 2017 for Criminology.

Course Information

UCAS Code
LM39

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Social Sciences

Our Department of Social Sciences is a community that equips you to make a positive social change, become a critical thinker, a problem solver, and to challenge what you think, see and hear.

Book an Open Day / Experience Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

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This course is designed to be responsive to your needs in providing a learning environment that is both challenging and supportive. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of social and criminological theory as well as deepening your research skills.

This combination of modules is designed to help you to engage with contemporary debates, drawing on lectures and seminars which will allow you to explore how the divisions of Criminology and Sociology undertake research through critically assessing the work of others as well as conducting original empirical research.

The Sociology department has also developed a blog to keep you up-to-date with current and relevant debates in the subject, and share the latest department news.

Book an Open Day / Experience Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

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Northumbria offers expertise and teaching across a wide variety of topics within Criminology and Sociology. All of our staff have either doctorates or extensive professional experience in the criminology/the criminal justice sector, and the Sociology teaching team received the British Sociological Association award for quality and innovative teaching (2014).

Both criminologists and sociologists on the course produce research outputs of international quality according to the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). A number of our criminologists and sociologists play leading roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of leading disciplinary journals.

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Throughout the course we make use of current technology to enhance our teaching practices and ensure that your learning experiences are interactive, dynamic and extend beyond the traditional lecture/classroom environment. For example, in lectures and seminars we use mobile technology software (e.g. Socrative) so that you are able to participate and engage in real time.

We complement our classroom learning through our online virtual learning environment, where we direct you to electronic learning sources and compose video podcasts and online quizzes to consolidate and evaluate your acquired knowledge. We develop your technology skills to prepare you for the world of work by asking you to collaborate with your peers on tasks using web-based platforms (e.g. PebblePad) and to design posters and webpages for assessments. 

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The course is focused on research-rich teaching and learning, developing your research skills as the course progresses. As part of our teaching agenda, you will be able to learn, for example, about green criminology and environmental injustices from our ‘hub’ of green criminologists. All core and option modules within the degree are research-led in this way, drawing directly on staff research expertise.

Our research strengths are demonstrated in our research outputs. We publish in leading, peer reviewed journals, with our research funded by leading institutions and organisations. A number of our criminologists and sociologists play prominent roles within professional associations and serve on the editorial boards of key disciplinary journals. This guarantees genuine quality behind our research-informed teaching.

Book an Open Day / Experience Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

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Our graduates stand out from their peers. You will be equipped with the intellectual and practical skills to be a critical and reflective member of society, and a desirable candidate to employers.

We place a very real emphasis on skills that are eminently transferable and that will be valuable in future employment. You will develop writing, communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups, all of which will be vitally important in your career. You will also learn about the ways in which criminal justice agencies operate and about the challenges faced by these agencies, giving you an excellent grounding for jobs within related organisations. 

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Our graduates have a mature intellectual curiosity which allows them to explore the relationship between crime, justice and society on the one hand, and link individual actions to social structures on the other. An active and responsible member of global society, you will use your knowledge to think independently and to challenge the opinions and conduct of others. You will recognise the value of your discipline in shaping society through critical evidence-based responses to crime and criminal justice problems.

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers including managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local and central government, the police, the probation service, the prisons system, community safety, health agencies, the civil service and various research posts. Others move into business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you interested in exploring the historical, comparative and contemporary nature of crime, criminal justice and society in a global and transnational context? This course will suit anyone also seeking the opportunity to pursue their own interests within the subject.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.</

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You may wish to participate in an optional field trip to Amsterdam, the approximate cost will be £500. If you choose to complete an option module with a work experience/placement component you will be expected to pay additional transport cost. Actual costs would depend on the mode of transport you use.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

CR4001 -

Explaining Crime: An Introduction to Criminology (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the study of crime, the core themes and issues associated with criminological knowledge and methods of enquiry, as well as the key issues and debates within the discipline of criminology.
Weekly lectures and seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to introduce you to key issues in the definition and conceptualisation of crime, deviance and control; to situate the study of crime and criminology within the interior and exterior contexts of theory, research, policy and practice; to provide an understanding of some key perspectives, approaches and methods of studying crime and criminology; and to allow you to undertake study on all aspects of the module culminating in 1. writing an essay and 2. producing a group poster presentation, which together will demonstrate your detailed knowledge and understanding of one particular type of crime, and how you might use one particular theory to explain why people commit this crime type.

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CR4002 -

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (Core, 20 Credits)

Criminal justice is rarely out of the news: there is a regular stream of stories alleging that conditions in prisons are too comfortable, that the courts are not handing out sufficiently harsh sentences, that people are being released from prison when they are still a danger to society, that young offenders can ignore the law and that police officers have been involved in misconduct. In this module you will look behind the headlines and understand what the agencies of the criminal justice system do, the constraints that they operate under and the historical developments that led to their current situation. You will go on a journey through criminal justice from arrest by the police, to the decision to prosecute and appearing in court, to punishment either in prison or the community and (in the case of the most serious offences) release from prison by the parole board. You will also consider elements of criminal justice that fall outside this process: the promotion of community safety, the system for dealing with young people who offend and the method of correcting injustices that are associated with criminal justice agencies.

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CR4003 -

Real World Quantitative Research (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will allow you to become effective in conducting quantitative social research. It will begin by exploring the key philosophies and approaches associated with social research methods generally. It will then introduce the key mechanisms and approaches associated with quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. The module will explore essential mechanisms of data analysis through supported lab-based session using SPSS. By the end of this module, you will be confident to develop a quantitative based research project, identify and collect quantitative data and conduct essential data analysis using SPSS.

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SO4003 -

Thinking Sociologically 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

This module introduces some of the key figures in nineteenth century social theory and the founding figures in sociological theory. On this module, you will explore the meaning and application of a range of social theory, and the distinctiveness of thinking sociologically. You will examine key thinkers from sociology, and identify their contribution to understanding, and being able to address, some of the main problems and issues that frame sociology, such as those around social change, social identities, social divisions and power relationships.

Our aim is to have a practical approach to theory exploring how we can best use some of the ideas developed by early theorists to understand our own lives and the world in which we live. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate the importance of theory in the understanding and explanation of the nature of the social world, understand the origins and development of key sociological theory, and introduce some of the main classical perspectives.

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SO4004 -

Thinking Sociologically 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

Following on from Thinking Sociologically 1 in Semester 1, this module focuses on early twentieth century theorists and addresses how they have influenced the way we understand the world around us. You will be introduced to contemporary critiques of classical sociological models through a consideration of how ideas evolved and challenged sociological thinking and approaches. We will apply a range of theory to contemporary social problems and debates, such as social division, changing identity, and investigate the shifting roles of the media, family, education, the body and emotions.

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SO4005 -

Working Lives (Core, 20 Credits)

1. You will develop skills in critical and reflective thinking.

2. You will learn how to analyse individuals' biographies, or 'life stories', as part of the sociological study of society

3. You will develop a critical, analytical and theoretical understanding of how the life course of individuals is influenced by work and employment experiences and social, economic, historical and political processes and contexts.

4. You will develop a range of practical and theoretical sociological skills associated with gathering data in an ethical manner, combining information from different sources and presenting it in verbal and written formats.

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YC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5019 -

Social Sciences Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional, 60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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CR5002 -

Crime, Media and Film (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module, you will explore the intriguing yet complex relationship between crime, media and film. The module will explore the ways in which factual and fictional accounts of crime are produced, distributed and consumed. Using contemporary examples and drawing on the criminological literature, it will begin by critically examining the changing ways in which crime news is made, how victims, offenders and criminal justice agencies are represented in the news, and the effects crime news has on society. The module will then critically analyse a variety of fictional sources such as television dramas, novels, video games, comics and focus in particular on films where crime is central. Here it will explore both classic and contemporary films, considering the ways in which crime, its causes, consequences and the cities in which the films are situated are represented and the reasons behind this.

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CR5003 -

Gender, Crime and Victimisation (Optional, 20 Credits)

In societies across the globe crime and victimisation is unevenly spread with distinct patterns to offending for different crime types being evidenced in results from various types of crimes surveys and other types of research data. Men and women perpetrate crime and experience criminal victimisation in distinctive ways. This module examines how crime and the process of criminalisation and social controls are gendered and how gender impacts upon and influences the experiences and recovery from crime and victimisation in society. You will be exploring how gender:

• mediates the patterns to, as well as our concerns and fears about, crime and victimisation - especially sexual violence;
• shapes how crime is reported and made visible in different public, private and institutional locations and settings;
• has impacted upon how criminologists explain why crime happens and how it should be dealt with;
• contributes to how victims and witnesses experience the criminal justice system;

In viewing the crime and victimisation problem through a gendered lens, you will learn how specific conceptualisations of masculinity and femininity are played out in news media reporting of crime and victimisation and in the criminal justice system. In examining all of the above you will also be considering whether and when gender matters most in understanding crime and the experience and recovery from victimisation.

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CR5004 -

Policing and Regulation (Core, 20 Credits)

Historically, it can be argued that the social sciences have paid little attention to those stages in the criminalisation process which intervene between legislation and the application of penal measures to the convicted offender. Specifically, systematic and critical analysis and research into policing and law enforcement agencies only emerged and developed during the second half of the twentieth century. Indeed, it was an epistemological break during the 1960s which first opened the intellectual floodgates to the study of policing. Since then, the nature of policing has radically evolved and expanded – with an increased scrutiny of the public police, considerable growth of private security, and the formal regulation of goods, services and people. It is these contemporary parameters of policing and regulation, through a critical examination of contemporary theory, empirical, policy and practice perspectives that inform the content of this module.

The module is split into four parts:

Part 1 is concerned with laying the theoretical foundation needed to develop a critical understanding of policing and regulation. Here you will explore the differences between ‘the police’ and ‘policing’ and ‘regulation’ and you will examine some of the key sociological theories and concepts that attempt to rationalise these formal mechanisms in society e.g. risk, Marxism, neoliberalism and globalisation.

In Part 2, you will learn all about public policing in England and Wales. You will track the historical development of the public police and explore the social, economic and political developments that have shaped the role and function, structure and accountability frameworks. You will examine key stakeholders, different models of policing, and contemporary reform initiatives. You will also compare the public police in England and Wales with other jurisdictions (to include Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Part 3 you will focus on the growth of private security and organisations involved in policing beyond the public police. You will examine reasons for this growth and critically explore some of the contemporary challenges. You will also learn about hybrid models of policing where public and private police provisions work collaboratively.

In Part 4, examples of increased regulation in society will be scrutinised. You will examine the regulation of people (e.g. through immigration mechanisms; environmental/climate quotas); goods (e.g. drugs; counterfeit items and animals); and service (e.g. sex work). The correlation between regulation and policing will be explored.

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CR5005 -

Prisons and Punishment (Core, 20 Credits)

Punishing people for breaking the law is clearly one of the most important elements of the criminal justice system. But how are people punished? Why are people punished? Is punishment really the best way to change people’s future behaviour?

This is an important module for all students studying any aspect of criminology, and it will ask you to think about whether and how different penal theories (ideas about punishment) are practised in the UK and around the globe. For example, is it possible to have an effective criminal justice system that has elements of both retributive and reparative justice? How might these possibly competing ideas work in harmony? Can we punish people for the things that they have done wrong, while at the same time try to get people to address their offending behaviour?

We will then explore the role and emergence of the modern prison in England and Wales. We will look at internal cultures and organisation of prisons and community sentences. We will consider how they are managed and inspected, and how news about the state of prisons is communicated to the ‘outside’ world. Most importantly we will consider the impact on prisoners and offenders of policy changes over the last 50 years. This will include comparing styles of policy and practice in Europe (including looking at Nordic exceptionalism), the ‘Americanisation’ of the penal system, and the role of privatisation on prisons and community sentences.

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CR5006 -

Race, Crime and Justice (Optional, 20 Credits)

In many societies, issues relating to race, racism and crime are high on political, policy and academic agendas. Often these concerns relate to the over-representation of minority groups at various stages of the criminal justice systems. In the UK and many other societies, minority communities often are more likely to be victims of crime. Similarly they tend to be over-represented in contacts with the police, at various stages of the criminal justice system, and in prisons.

You will examine the nature of these disproportionalities and develop understanding of the complex ways in which they reflect, and in turn reinforce, broader patterns of exclusion and inequality. You will critically consider the extent to which the over-representation of minorities in the CJS is a reflection of higher offending levels of minorities, who are often more likely to experience social and economic disadvantage. Further you will examine processes of criminalisation and racialisation that also explain disparities.

As much as minorities are over-represented as 'clients' of the criminal justice system it is also clear that they are consistently under-represented in personnel terms. You will analyse the nature and possible causes of the under-representation of minorities in police, courts, probation and prison services and critically analyse the extent to which rectifying these patterns would help improve the position of minorities within criminal justice.

You will reflect on and research broader relationships between 'race', racism and crime. This will be considered through perspectives on the causes of crime, media and cultural representations of crime, and contemporary debates about Islamaphobia, terrorism and security.

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CR5007 -

Sex Work: Theory, Practice, Regulation (Optional, 20 Credits)

Ever wondered how a brothel operates? Where media representations and opinions about the sex industry originate from? If people who sell sex enjoy it, or if they are being exploited? If legal frameworks and policing affect how, when and where people sell sex? By engaging with cutting edge research, you will explore these issues and more in Sex Work: Theory, Practice, Regulation.

The module is split into three parts:

In Part 1 you will learn about the diversity of the sex industry and competing theoretical perspectives exploring sex work. We will explore the arguments of academics and scholars, as well as the lived experiences of sex workers.

Part 2 concentrates on the practice of selling sex and will explore the empirical, theoretical and sex worker written literature to answer questions like - what strategies do sex workers and clients use to manage the sale and purchase of sex, why do people sell sex, why do people buy sex, and who are the clients?

Part 3 explores key regulatory issues including: violence and sexual safety, policing and national/international regulatory frameworks.

Workshops will explore and include case studies such as Sweden - where the purchase of sex is criminalised but not the sale, and New Zealand where sex work is decriminalised. You will use your emerging criminological knowledge to explore the theoretical underpinnings of these frameworks, as well as the impact they have on the practice, health and safety of sex workers.

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CR5008 -

Youth Crime and Deviance (Optional, 20 Credits)

The principal aim of this module is to provide you with historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives of diverse forms of youth culture, crime and deviance. It will expose you to a diverse range of empirically based research studies from social science disciplines and illustrate the connection to deeper critical understandings of youth crime and deviance and subcultural analysis to that of wider social/moral/economic and cultural contexts in which they are received and interacted with. In this module, we explore the grounded knowledge and theoretical concepts relating to youth, youth style, popular music and subcultures, youth resistance and youth crime and deviance through historical and late-modern perspectives.

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CR5009 -

Global Crimes and Harms (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will provide students with the interdisciplinary knowledge, understanding and critical skills to analyse global crimes and social harms in the twenty-first century. The first half of the module will introduce students to a number of key debates, with an emphasis on the relationship between crime, harm, technology, global political economy and consumer culture. We will cover key issues relating to power, exploitation and inequality, taking the study of criminology beyond mainstream approaches to conceptualise the wider social harms produced by the structures and processes of global capitalism. We will explore the impact of illicit goods on contemporary society and the challenge of globalisation and ICTs. The second half of the module covers a number of contemporary case studies, offering in-depth examinations of global crimes and harms. The module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire expert knowledge of global crimes and harms by drawing upon cutting-edge research. Case studies will change annually in order to provide up-to-date research-led teaching and learning. Current areas of expertise that will be covered include cybercrimes, the changing landscape of drug use and supply, the global trade in counterfeit goods, pharmaceutical crime, and illicit financial flows. Students will be given the opportunity to explore a case study of choice in more depth and detail as part of the assessment.

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SO5003 -

Contemporary Social Theory (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will come to understand the relevance of social theory and to evaluate a range of theories which seek to make sense of contemporary society and human lived experience. Key debates in sociological theory are examined as it seeks to grapple with the central features of contemporary society. How can social theory help us to understand contemporary inequalities, identities, culture and change ? Do we need new theories for a new age? When addressing these questions, there is a focus upon particular contemporary social theorists, whose work is at the cutting edge of contemporary sociology, criminology and cultural studies. We are not considering and evaluating theory for its own sake – if we can understand and analyse some of the key features, issues and problems of contemporary society and culture, we can more successfully intervene to influence social and cultural change.

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SO5004 -

The Sociology of Education (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced to key isses and debates in the sociology of education such as the emergence of education systems and how recent reforms have impacted on patterns of attainment. We examine explore some traditional questions such as the role of class, race and gender in schools as well as taking a biographical approach to the analysis of learning across the life course. We investigate the way that education can shape identities and how learning is implicated in wider patterns of social injustice.

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SO5005 -

Global Poverty and Development (Optional, 20 Credits)

We live in a world that is characterised by massive inequalities, with millions living on less than a $1 a day, whilst others seek remedies for over consumption. Power and resources tend to be concentrated in the hands of a small minority, largely located in Western Europe and the USA, whilst the largest numbers of people and vast majority of the world’s poor live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This module focuses on patterns of global poverty, and historical and contemporary strategies to try and ‘make poverty history’. In particular, you will look at the idea of ‘development’ as central to those strategies, how its meanings have changed, and the different impacts ‘development’ can have on individuals and communities. You will learn about why, in the 21st Century and amongst great wealth and technological innovation, many people still live in abject poverty, and how the global community is coming together to try to reduce it.

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SO5006 -

Real World Qualitative Research (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to become an effective qualitative social researcher.

In the first part of the module, you will learn about the philosophies and methods used by qualitative researchers in a real world context. Key to this will be covering ‘traditional’ qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups and observations as well ‘contemporary’ methods including qualitative mapping, visual methods and online ethnographies.

In the second part of the module we will put that learning in to practice to explore how research projects evolve and how to select appropriate research strategies. In groups you will use qualitative methods to explore a key social issue within the context of Newcastle upon Tyne. To do this you will learn about the research process and will carry out a research project from start to finish, including planning a data collection strategy, going out and collecting that data, analysing it and reporting on it. In addition you will also complete a research risk assessment and an ethics form – all essential components of the research process.

Learning from this module will support you in most careers where research, people and analytical skills are needed.

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SO5008 -

Who Needs The Family? (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will examine the family, as a key social institution, evaluate sociological and ideological perspectives of the ‘family’ as well as develop your knowledge and understanding of changes in family structures and roles. You will also examine the role of the state and its policies in influencing and supporting families, developing skills in finding, using, evaluating and presenting information.

You will assess and evaluate theoretical constructs, applying them to an analysis of the contemporary family, compare and evaluated aspects of international perspectives on the family and reflect upon and assess issues and debates concerning current and future family changes and public policy.

In this module, you will also develop a range of transferable skills, reading, note taking, data gathering, time management, presentation skills, group working, essay writing, effective referencing, interpreting evidence.

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SO5009 -

Sex and Gender in Society (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module we will examine the social construction and representation of gender in historical and contemporary society. The early classes will cover scholarship about the social construction of gender, and key themes such as the significance of the private/public binary in constructing gender. We will explore how the private/public binary has been used in the construction of gender, and how this binary impacts on lived realities of women and men, girls and boys. Later classes will examine a number of case studies, to enable students to study the operationalization of gender in culture, political institutions, and social structures. The case studies will explore the gendered aspects of, for example: intimacy, family and sexual relations; paid and unpaid work; formal and informal political life; representations of gender in the media. They will help you problematize the private/public binary and study in depth the social construction and lived realities of gender in contemporary society.

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SO5010 -

Consumption, Culture and Identities (Optional, 20 Credits)

The study of consumption and consumerism is a fundamental part of our everyday lives, experiences and identities. This module will explore a wide variety of sociological theories of consumption at both national and international level. It will introduce a range of approaches in order to help explore the political, cultural, global and historical context of consumption, branding and production. The module will offer students a unique opportunity to apply key contemporary and classical theories of consumption in order to explore the mapping of class, race and gender on consumer practices. Students are also encouraged to recognise the limitations of these ideas and to examine alternative theories of consumption and 'lifestyle'. They will also consider and evaluate a variety of sociological debates concerning global approaches to commodification and commercialisation by exploring the globalisation of food production and Fair Trade movements.

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YC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5017 -

Social Sciences Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AD5018 -

Social Sciences Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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CR6001 -

Concepts and Patterns of Organised Crime (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce and critically explore the manifestation of organised criminal activities that have embedded themselves within an increasingly globalised political economy, whilst not ignoring the essentially localised functions of indigenous enterprise crime. In order to explore the concepts and patterns of organised crime an inter-disciplinary social scientific approach will be adopted that critically evaluates the historical, criminological and sociological approaches upon the assessment of organised criminal activities.

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CR6002 -

Contemporary Policing and Security (Optional, 20 Credits)

From being a relatively marginal political issue, modern policing and security has risen rapidly up the social and political agendas of western societies. As inequalities have increased, so the actual and perceived risks of crime and other social ills have grown rapidly for all sections of society: the management of crime has become a central concern.

In this module you will develop your critical understanding, analysis and interpretation of the key themes, theories, issues and political debates concerning the development and contemporary nature of modern policing and the delivery of security in England and Wales. Where appropriate, you will be directed to comparative material from other countries and our discussions will draw upon these comparative dimensions to contemporary policing and security.

Given the ‘contemporary’ nature of this module and the continually evolving nature of policing and security, the content of this module is revised each year. Examples of topics covered in previous years include:
• The changing role and function of the police
• Policing and Mental Health
• Terrorism and Insecurity
• Technology, Surveillance and Society
• Policing Globalisation
• Victimology and Policing
• Conducting Research in Policing and Security Settings

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CR6003 -

Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module you will explore two important cities – Newcastle and Amsterdam – to compare and contrast key criminological and sociological issues in both places. The module offers important insights into the city in which you study (Newcastle) and a city that is often featured in the media and academic literature, often portrayed as an innovative, liberal, if controversial, city from which other cities might learn lessons from (Amsterdam). On the module you will consider a number of important issues such as the way in which both cities have developed and evolved; the relations between both cities; the way crime and society operates in both cities; and how crime and other social issues are governed. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, urban regeneration and gentrification, cycling), and consider whether Newcastle should emulate ‘Amsterdam-style’ policies.

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CR6004 -

Crimes of the Powerful (Core, 20 Credits)

Crime just doesn’t happen on the streets. It takes place in homes, in offices, in natural habitats – places hidden from view and scrutiny. Often it is kept hidden because of powerful actors. You will examine a range of criminal and harmful behaviours, as well as deviant and anti-social activities under the organising theme ‘crimes of the powerful’. The module situates and understands crimes and victimisations within a framework where questions of structural relationships and personal power in society are key to why some crime is visible and some is not. You will be expected to challenge orthodox representations of crime and demonstrate an intellectual openness to new ideas, whilst adopting a critical and analytical approach to the control, regulation and prevention of invisible and hidden crimes and/or victimisations.

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CR6005 -

Doing Time: The Prison Experience (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will get the opportunity to address a range of issues and ethical dilemmas that derive from the 'real world' of applied methods and strategies of penal intervention. Considerations of class, gender and ethnicity constitute key aspects of the conceptual framework and the principles of 'security, control and justice' are critically examined in the operational context.

The module will encourage you to pay particular attention to the diversity of experience, response and adaptation of those subjected to the varied sanctions within the penal system. Power imbalance and the relationships of authority, discipline and coercion are central issues within the overall perspective. Important areas included for discussion and debate are: young people, foreign national and ethnic minority prisoners, life-sentence prisoners; the treatment of vulnerable prisoners and mentally disordered offenders in penal and other 'controlling' institutions. Human Rights legislation in the prison context will also be critically analysed

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The lecture programme will introduce you to topics and the seminars will provide opportunities to take forward discussion in depth. Assessment is by a 4,000 word project which is based upon a particular type of prison (100%). You will be able to choose from a number of different types of prisons and to demonstrate how their chosen prison type reflects on the wider question of the relationship between the prison and the prisoner experience.

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CR6006 -

Green Crime (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the emerging and competing perspectives and frameworks regarding the neglected topic of crimes and harms against the environment. In a module offered at very few universities, you are introduced to the philosophies and perspectives of Green Criminology. You will develop skills that enable you to critically analyse notions of crime and harm, and social and ecological justice in relation to deforestation, wildlife, pollution, and many other areas that pertain to green and environmental crime and victimisation. While honing verbal and written skills, this module will give you the working knowledge to discuss the type, scope, and impacts of green crimes and harms and how this is different from street and ‘traditional’ volume crimes. This module provides a fresh new area of criminological scholarship which you will contribute to in discussion and debate with the module tutors and fellow students - examining crime from new and cutting edge perspectives.

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CR6007 -

Mentally Disordered Offenders (Optional, 20 Credits)

Mentally disordered offenders: “mad, bad and dangerous to know”? During this module you will begin to explore who ‘they’ are, what ‘they’ do, why we are afraid of ‘them’, how we identify ‘them’ and what we are doing about ‘them’.
You will learn about and critique mentally disordered offender theory and practice, including: developing a critical understanding to the concept of ‘mentally disordered offenders’; the links between mental disorder and crime; the links between the mass media and the public in the development of the concept of the ‘dangerous offender’; the development of Forensic Psychiatry and its impact on the concept of ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’; and a critical assessment of the impact of policy developments on approaches to the care and/or control of mentally disordered offenders.

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CR6008 -

Restoration, Rehabilitation and Desistance (Optional, 20 Credits)

Do children who break the law always turn into adult offenders? What might help someone change their behaviour? Is it always the impact of a criminal justice intervention that makes someone desist from crime? This module will look at all of these questions.

The first part will track the nature and complexity of criminal careers. It will demonstrate different ways in which offenders come to be engaged in crime and the extent to which starting early is a predictor of a criminal career. After considering the different ways in which criminal careers are sustained and developed, you will look at the interventions criminal justice and aligned organisations put in place to change offenders’ behaviour.

We will investigate forms of restorative justice and reparation, and question whether, and how, they might fit within different criminal justice systems around the world. For example, what might the role of ‘circles of support’ be in a risk adverse society? The module will also look at whether some activities in prison might have a role in desistance after release. For example are creative, artistic, spiritual and sporting activities a hook for changing offending behaviour after release?

Throughout the module we will consider UK and international criminal justice practice, and question the impact of social, political and cultural contexts of restoration, rehabilitation and desistance. You will be encouraged to explore all of these elements from cultural and critical criminological perspectives.

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CR6009 -

Work Experience Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

The module provides an opportunity for you to independently pursue your own piece of research based on work experience with an agency or organisation such as a police force, prison, youth offending team or voluntary sector organisation. You can also gain experience of research by working with a member of academic staff. With the support of a dissertation supervisor, you will seek to answer a research question either by collecting your own data, using existing data sets or by engaging in an analysis of the research literature. Your chosen topic will be linked to your work experience, which should last normally 80 hours. You will draw on and develop your research skills and on completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate the following: an extensive knowledge on your chosen dissertation topic, successful execution of a research project, the ability to set and explore a focused research question, the capacity to develop a structured and analytical argument; an aptitude for the application of theory and methodology; and an understanding of the ethical considerations of conducting your own research.

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CR6010 -

Cultural and Visual Criminology (Optional, 20 Credits)

Culture, or the ‘symbolic environment’ in and through which individuals and groups make sense of their being, their actions, and the social and material world, shapes our understandings of crime and its control. Definitions and meanings of crime and transgression are constantly negotiated, and contested, in everyday life, global politics and media. In this module, students will engage with the interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches of cultural criminology. We will look at how transgression and control are intertwined with various cultural phenomena in order to develop an understanding of crime as a culturally mediated concept. In the module, we will discuss themes such as subcultures, media representation in a multi-mediated age, consumerism, concepts of risk and edgework, and the interactions of power, resistance and state control. Students will also engage with the methodological approaches of cultural criminology, in particular those exploring the role of the visual and visibility in crime, transgression, violence and control.

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CR6011 -

Violence and Society (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module looks at three distinct but inter-related aspects of violence: structural violence, symbolic violence and subjective violence. Analyses of structural violence looks principally at the violence of systems. It is the unseen violence that occurs every day; the violence that needs to take place so that contemporary western consumer societies to continue onwards in their present form. Analyses of symbolic violence focus on the violence of language and symbols. Bourdieu’s account of symbolic violence, for example, addresses the ability of the powerful to deny the working class a language that might allow them to understand their true value and social position. Analyses of subjective violence focus on forms of violence committed by clearly identifiable ‘subjects’, or individuals. In this module, we will use psychoanalytic theory to identify the fundamental forces that drive the violent individual to inflict harm upon others.

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SO6001 -

Intimate Partner Violence (Optional, 20 Credits)

The module provides a critical analysis of contemporary debates about intimate partner violence. Its focus is primarily the UK, with some consideration of the situation in the USA and other countries. On the module, we will draw primarily on sociological analysis, with some consideration of other disciplines (such as criminology and psychology). We will examine theoretical explanations of intimate partner violence in sociology, the policy and legal responses to it, and the social movement that has developed in response to it. You will gain an understanding of the sociological aspects of intimate partner, and the policy and activist responses to it, including relevant methodological issues.

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SO6002 -

Social Sciences Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

This module will provide you will with an opportunity to independently pursue your own piece of research on a criminological or sociological topic of your choice. With the support of a dissertation supervisor, you will seek to develop and answer a research question either by collecting your own data, using existing data sets or by engaging in an analysis of the research literature.

As a result, you will draw on and develop your research skills and on completion of the dissertation module you will be able to demonstrate the following:
• an extensive knowledge of your dissertation topic
• having successfully executed a research project
• an ability to ask and respond to a focused research question
• the capacity to develop a structured and analytical argument
• an aptitude for the use of theory and methodology
• an understanding and experience of the ethical considerations of conducting research.

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SO6005 -

Images and Identity (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to enable you to engage with and develop advanced visual research methods skills to enable a critical engagement with key sociological issues around life narrative, biography, community and identity.

Through interactive workshops you will explore and develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the skills, philosophies and processes of using visual methodologies in social research. You will then put these skills into practice to addresses theoretical approaches to identity, community, biography and life narrative, drawing upon theories, methods and issues explored over the course of your undergraduate studies (including citizenship, work, leisure and consumption for example).

A tutorial system will be used to supported you to develop your own understanding and application of visual research methods in a contemporary social science context and will deliver an extended photo essay that demonstrates your learning on the module.

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SO6006 -

Global Exploitation, Conflict and Development (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will explore the contemporary global social, cultural, economic and political relationships that generate conflict and exploitation, as well as providing opportunities to intervene and to ‘help’. The module focuses on analysing issues such as natural resource exploitation, climate change, famine, poverty and war, disaster relief, and tourism in order to understand the complex relationships that shape people’s experiences of a contemporary global and unequal society. The module will explore the networks of transnational relationships between ordinary people in different parts of the world (such as through tourism or resource exploitation), as well as broader relationships, such as those between nation-states (such as through war and intervention) or through global economic restructuring (such as through global consumption). Understanding these relationships will enable us to understand and explain contemporary patterns and experiences of conflict and exploitation, as well as pointing to the ways changing global relationships may also help prevent events such as genocide, disaster or famine.

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SO6007 -

Workers and 'Chavs': The British Working Class (Optional, 20 Credits)

The British working class has long been of fascination to Social Scientists from Marx and Durkheim to Bourdieu and Gorz – each in turn have focussed on the question who and what is the working class and what is their likely part in the making of human history? This module critically and theoretically explores the origins of this class, its diversity and evolution and the efforts of that class to bring about social change. It critically explores the changing composition, organisation and power of that class in the 20th and early 21st century. This is a cutting edge module as it examines contemporary debates led by cultural commentators, politicians, researchers and theorists surrounding the nature and existance of class itself. Specifically the module seeks to explore the contemporary cultural and political assault on the working class, its power and legitimacy and questions how the class has gone from a cultural portrayal as ‘salt of the earth’ to ‘scum of the earth’ (Jones, 2011). This is achieved through an examination of the nature and impact of a neoliberal assault on the existance of the notion of social class on working class power, identity and organisation and on the working class experience of work and employment.

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SO6008 -

Making Sense of Happiness and Wellbeing (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced to the sociological study of happiness and wellbeing, posing questions about how we analyse notions of a good life and the efforts people make to flourish. We draw on sociological research as well as work from psychology, economics and philosophy to explore the significance of happiness for people’s identities and life course transitions. We discuss some of the traditional concerns of sociology such as social divisions and inequality (working through class, gender, ‘race’ and sexuality) relating these to the experience of happiness and the structuring of wellbeing. We draw on several case studies (such as wellbeing in other cultures, aging and young people) to illustrate how happiness functions as a social process that can be a site of struggle and conflict that features in many different aspects of life through families, friendships, intimacy, work and leisure.

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YC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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