2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

ML23

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

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Why study Criminology and Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Taught by subject specialists with national and international reputations for their research and civic engagement
  • Delivered using innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods, with options for fieldwork at home and overseas, with international study opportunities
  • The teaching team are committed to sociology and criminology in action, and to making a difference in peoples' lives 
  • You will have opportunities to participate in 'out of classroom' learning activities including educational field visits to organisations, museums, art galleries, places of worship and walking tours
  • Work placement opportunities in teaching, international development, charities, tourism, media, creative and heritage industries

About your course

The BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University combines two contemporary and popular disciplines, providing you with grounding in core elements of both subjects, together with a wide range of optional modules that will enable you to follow your own pathway.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills by questioning what we mean by the terms 'crime', 'criminals', 'punishment' and 'justice'. You will learn about the institutions of the criminal justice system and study areas like corporate crime, state crime, miscarriages of justice, policing and drugs. The two disciplines share many concerns, and our degree brings the two subjects together in ways which emphasise the areas of social policy,  the variable impact of age, class, gender, sexuality, religion and ethics, disability and ethnicity on social life.

The degree is taught in the Sociology department, and your personal tutor will be a sociologist. The modules will be taught by a team of well-qualified, experienced and dedicated staff from the Sociology and Criminology departments.

You will study social science research methods, including qualitative surveys and qualitative techniques, and be provided with a thorough grounding in theoretical perspectives which are drawn upon in the critical investigations of societies and of criminology.

 

The degree carefully fosters an international perspective on society and criminology, considers the relationships between the local and the global, and includes opportunities to study abroad, undertake educational field work visits to South Asia or Europe.

Pathways can be built through the study of modules, which concentrate ecological issues, social policy and cultural analysis of media, music, sport and religion. You will also receive training in sociological methods and sociological and criminological theory.

The degree also offers you exciting work-based and work-related opportunities to gain professional experience relevant to your degree.

"Providing me with the critical, analytical and literary skills that prove so attractive to future employers, LJMU gave me the application, confidence and belief that I may achieve whatever I set out to accomplish."

Robert Jones, Criminology and Sociology graduate

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

This Criminology and Sociology degree provides a thorough intellectual grounding and equips you with transferable skills that are sought by most employers.

Criminology and Sociology graduates enter a variety of professions and careers, including:

  • local and national government and the civil service
  • youth work
  • criminal justice system
  • academia and teaching
  • career guidance
  • research
  • journalism
  • third sector advocacy
  • think tanks
  • policy development

In addition, our graduates find opportunities in police and probation services; human resource management; legal service; marketing and advertising; ICT development; business and finance; publishing; health services and health promotion; public health; ecology and environmental campaigning; international development; policy and administration; Government advice; the children's and young people's workforce; social services, and youth work and the youth justice workforce.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Introduction to Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module will begin to form your theoretical and conceptual foundation in Criminology. It will do so by charting some of the key perspectives within the discipline of Criminology and examining the emergence and contours of Critical Criminologies. An appreciation of these, often competing, versions of what Criminology is or should be, and the policy implications which follow, highlight the centrality of theory because ideas have consequences. This module will introduce you to the theoretical pathway of the discipline of Criminology, its relevant conceptual language, the key thinkers involved, and important seminal texts.

Identities and Studying Sociology
20 credits

This module develops your deep understanding of sociological perspectives on identity and representation, and equality and diversity, in contemporary society, whilst exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, disability and social class. Moreover, the module will develop, enhance and practise essential academic study skills, including library searches, identifying and analysing relevant sources, referencing, and academic writing. Also integral to the module will be individual meetings with your personal tutor in order to review your transition into higher education and academic progress during your first year of study.

Inside the Criminal Justice System
20 credits

This module introduces you to key criminal justice institutions and processes. It will offer a basic introduction to associated tensions and critiques, which will provide the foundation for more advanced analysis of the politics of social control at Level 5.

Researching the Everyday
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand, evaluate and analyse small scale qualitative data that you collect in groups. You will be introduced to the research process and plan out a research design for a small piece of group research. A group presentation will take place in a student conference setting.

Media, Crime and Victimisation
20 credits

In this module you will achieve three things. First it will address and guide you through theories and concepts of media and crime. Second, drawing on newspaper articles, news programmes, films, documentaries and new media, this module will encourage you to examine how discourses and images evoke fear, anger, hatred or sympathy. Third, the concept and criteria thought to be necessary for the generation of a moral panic will be introduced, and examples of moral panics will be examined in order to draw out the common themes.

Global Issues and Society
20 credits

Through a series of lectures and seminars the process of globalisation will be explored and key theories that explain global inequalities will be outlined. Seminars and lectures will support your learning and enable the meaning of globalisation to be explored and the competing theories that explain global inequalities to be considered. Case studies will be used to provide examples of contemporary issues and the range of social action that can take pace to address these inequalities.

Level 5

Core modules

The Politics of Social Control
20 credits

In this module you will develop a range of essential qualitative research skills to undertake and reflect upon problem solving research within a supportive environment. The module builds on the EBL in Level 4 and enhances your abilities to engage in research activities. The module includes a short field trip to apply methods in 'the real world', developing transferable skills. For students who are intending to write a dissertation at Level 6, this module provides an essential grounding.

Local and Global Criminology
20 credits

This module addresses the local and global dimensions and contested nature of crime and justice, and how the global/local nexus differentially situates crime, whilst at the same time forging new intersections and relationships. At different sites – the city, the body, the state, for example – this module will explore the ways boundaries between crime control and civil liberties are redrawn and broaden everyday definitions of crime to capture neglected areas of criminology.

Optional modules

Advanced Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module focuses upon the critical criminological approaches of 'crime', harm, deviance and social control that have emerged since the 1970s. It introduces you to concepts that are derivative of several competing advanced critical theoretical perspectives, placing them in their social and political context.

Researching British Society
20 credits

In this module you will learn to understand, evaluate and analyse the merits and shortcomings of secondary data analysis of a large quantitative dataset, downloadable from the UK Data Archive. You will use these skills to generate sociological arguments based upon a large dataset.

Research in Action
20 credits

In this module you will develop a range of essential qualitative research skills to undertake and reflect upon problem solving research within a supportive environment. The module builds on the EBL in Level 4 and enhances your abilities to engage in research activities. The module includes a short field trip to apply methods in 'the real world' developing the transferable skills. For students who are intending to write a dissertation at Level 6, this module provides an essential grounding.

Imagining Crime: Progressive Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module is primarily about challenging established perspectives in Criminology and embracing their more 'progressive' alternatives. The goal of this module is to familiarise you with contemporary developments in the field of theoretical Criminology. It will seek to push your criminological imagination to the cutting edge of disciplinary developments and in so doing provide you with a solid foundation for further study of a progressive nature in Level 6.

The Medicalised Body: The Sociology of Health and Illness
20 credits

The first section of this module introduces you to the key areas in the sociology of health and illness, bringing together the contribution of different perspectives and methodological approaches which characterise sociological research in this area. It will allow you to understand the dominance of the biomedical model and how it has come to attempt to define experiences of health and illness. The second section will introduce you to the concept of medicalisation and we will use this lens to interrogate the ways in which bodies are 'othered', compartmentalised and differently treated. The related field of 'healthism' will further be explored and you will be challenged to consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of such processes in relation to the perceptions and treatment of certain bodies. 

Level 6

Core modules

Dissertation in Sociology
40 credits

This module provides you with an opportunity to develop your own sociological specialism by conducting an extended, in-depth study on a freely chosen topic in sociology. You will plan and design an extended piece of academic work and present the completed work as a written dissertation whilst demonstrating a detailed and critical understanding of a relevant field of sociological enquiry. You will be supported through group seminars to successfully complete the dissertation and will work with a staff supervisor to develop a critical understanding of your research topic.

Optional modules

Non-Western Political Theories
20 credits

This module is designed with the understanding that our extant historical knowledge (which is implicitly Eurocentric) needs to be globalised. It means the non-western world should be better weighted and given due attention rather than seen as a passive receiver of western impacts. It emphasises a lot on the historically situated forces in the making of non-western world of ideas and, more importantly, their connections and complex relationships.

International Fieldwork in Sociology
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake independent guided study on a topic, congruent with the aims and themes of the programme within an international context. You will also further develop a wide range of study skills in the process such as working in small groups, writing reflective blog posts, considering the ethics of blogging and social media and applying sociological concepts and ideas to an international setting. The module has a compulsory international fieldwork element incorporated which provides the backdrop to your study focus.

Eco-Global Crime and Harm
20 credits

This module encourages you to critically reflect on the nature and extent of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, addressing problems of definition, measurement and causation, and relating this to social and philosophical movements and approaches. It addresses the role of the intergovernmental agreement, the state and the criminal justice system in prevention and regulation of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, and considers the nature and effectiveness of legal, judicial and regulatory approaches.

Radical Planet: Protest, Resistance and Alternatives to Urban Capitalism
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of urban capitalism and its alternatives from a critical sociological perspective. The module splits into two parts. Part I provides a critical understanding of how capitalism organises everyday urban life and everyday living. Part II examines the nature of the struggles that have taken place to find new ways of living more equitably and sustainability. Specifically, it looks closely at alternative modes of thought (such anarchism and environmentalism) about social and economic organisation, as well as examples of alternative modes of living in the UK and globally.

Victims and Justice
20 credits

This module addresses the substantive and growing criminological interest in the issue of victimisation. It explores different theoretical perspectives associated with the study of victims and the victims place within regulatory and criminal justice practices. It will encourage you to critically explore the state's recognition of, and responses to, victims and their demands for justice, along with the work of groups that campaign on behalf of particular groups of victims.

The Aesthetics and Politics of Fear
20 credits

In this module you will begin by examining major philosophical and theoretical approaches to the study of emotions. Thereafter you will examine a series of case studies in fear, focusing in particular on phobias, tracing out etymologies and genealogies of phobia, and examining the aesthetic politics of phobia in historical and epistemic contexts. This section of the syllabus will be organised alphabetically in the manner of popular psychologies of phobias. In this main part of the module, you will begin with agoraphobia, the canonical modern classification of phobia, and conclude with xenophobia, a non-canonical phobia - the coining of which is subject to a problematic and disputed historiography.

Sport, Crime and Politics: Critical Sociological Analyses
20 credits

This module adopts various sociological and critical criminological approaches in the understanding of sport in contemporary societies. You will look at issues relating to recent transformations, prejudices and cultural cohesion in the world of sport, focusing in particular on developments relating to issues such as racism, nationalism, globalisation and gender prejudice. The module will also be centrally concerned with the transformation of sport in the light of ongoing changes to a consumerist society.

International Fieldwork in Criminology
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for the you to undertake independent guided study on a topic, in line with the aims and themes of the programme within an international context. You will also develop a wide range of study skills in the process. The module has a compulsory international fieldwork element incorporated which provides the backdrop to your study focus.

Police, Power and Social Order
20 credits

In this module you will critically consider police power and its relationship to ideas of social and political order and disorder. You will explore the origins of police, considering the development of the police project in both domestic, colonial and international settings and in doing so critically examine the relationship between police, state power and the question of order. The module considers historical and contemporary policing through a series of case study issues.

Body Politics: Gender, Sexuality and Society
20 credits

In this module you will explore sociological and feminist debates around the body, gender and sexuality. You will engage with ideas which challenge the normative representations and 'taken for granted ideas' around body shape and image, gender and sexualities. It covers topics such as body modification, beauty, pornography, sex work, trans* identities and violences against the body.

Cultural Sociology of Music
20 credits

This module aims to explain to you the place of music in society, using sociological theory to unlock the codes and secrets of musical culture and society. It is based on the premise that music is a social product, social resource and social practice. In doing so, the module focuses on the relationship between music and social life through a wide range of topics, including music as representation, the economy of music, the relationship between musical taste and social divisions, the political role of music, music as self-expression and political resistance, the changing media forms and technologies of sound production, the therapeutic potential of music, and more. In exploring these themes, you will consider all forms of music—popular, classical, folk and world—to reflect the vitality of musical expressions in the world today.

Human Rights
20 credits

This module provides you with an overview and analysis of the theoretical discourse of human rights, and the development of related global governance structures since 1948. You will evaluate the political and practical implications of promoting and defending human rights through country and issue based comparative analysis.

Crime, Media, Culture
20 credits

This module is designed to connect you with the growing and influential sub-field of cultural criminology. You will learn to understand the interfaces between crime, media, and culture, to understand the range of identifiable groups connected to notions of crime, deviance and social control as ‘cultural constructs’, and to appreciate the growing criminological significance of various new, popular and entertainment media.

Sociology Work Placement 2
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a self-directed work placement relevant to the study of Sociology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work and how these skills and abilities have been enhanced via your work placement. The module also offers you opportunities to reflect on the links between your work placement experience and your programme of study.

Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law
20 credits

In this module you will look at the contemporary legal, policy and practice responses to children and young people who are in conflict with the law. You will look at how these can be analysed and explained. Balancing accountability and the rehabilitation and welfare needs of children and young people in conflict with the law raises critical questions regarding the most appropriate ways to respond, including: At what age should children be held criminally responsible? Should imprisonment ever be used as a form of punishment for children and young people? Do formal criminal processes harm children and young people? Can state responses to children in conflict with the law be considered in isolation from other services or interventions? 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentations, online activities and fieldwork trips. Online discussion boards allow you to further debate, with your tutors and peers, ideas that arise in the classroom. Outside the classroom you will have 24-hour access to extensive electronic resources via the LJMU network and print resources via the nearby Aldham Robarts library. 

Work-related Learning

Opportunities for work-based and work-related learning are integrated into the programme. This will offer you the chance to put what you have learnt into practice, as well as providing new skills and experiences. It will also add real value to your CV, giving you a professional edge when you come to negotiate your way through the graduate job market.

Careers events and information on volunteering opportunities are incorporated into core modules and you will have the option to undertake placements at Level 6.

You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement during your studies.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

If you choose to study Criminology and Sociology, you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationships with our students. 

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout your studies. Along  with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We understand that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, so we use a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods. These include essays, exams, reports, individual and group presentations, policy analyses, online tests, wikis, critical reviews, posters and group work. Approximately 75% of your assessments will be by coursework and the rest by exam, but this varies according to the options you choose.

Constructive feedback on your assessed work is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. Your tutors will provide this in writing, by email or in face-to-face meetings where they will help you identify your strengths as well as areas where you may need to put in more work. They can also direct you to further support if you feel you need it.
   

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

David Chalcraft

Prof David Chalcraft

Head of Sociology

Prior to joining LJMU, I held the Chair of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield before which I was Professor of Classical Sociology at the University of Derby, having previously served as Head of Department of Sociology at Derby. During my time at Derby I spear-headed the formation of the Society, Religion and Belief Research Group which is now a Research Centre at the University. I began my research and teaching career at Oxford Brookes University, which I joined whilst completing my graduate studies in the Faculty of Social Studies at Oxford University (Hertford College). For my Master of Letters at Oxford I was supervised by Dr Bryan Wilson of All Souls. My first degree was in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield where I also received the Epworth Prize for Greek and Hebrew Translation and Exegesis.

I have always been interested in promoting international perspectives in my work and pursuing comparative work, often working with colleagues from overseas.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School of Humanities and Social Science offers an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons. Situated on Mount Pleasant in the new ‘Knowledge Quarter’ of Liverpool, the School is home to five subject areas: English, History, International Relations, Sociology, and Media, Culture & Communication. It has a lively programme of cross-disciplinary research seminars, conferences, visits from international scholars and public events. Research from the School is recognised nationally and worldwide.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Preferably including a Humanities and Social Science subject
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​The following criteria are desirable but not essential; we will use them to rank applications. Please demonstrate your development of these attributes in the personal statement included in your application:

A critical interest in how societies are constructed and the issues and challenges presented

A questioning mindGood written and verbal communication skills, as you will be expected to convey knowledge to other people

Good analytical skills, so that you can evaluate policies and practice

Good reading and information retrieval skills - obtaining information from a range of sources and using it to support analysis

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.