Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

‌Reforms and cuts to public services in Britain have been the Government’s response to the challenging economic conditions of ‌recent years; but what are the likely implications to public wellbeing, attitudes and behaviour? To understand this is to recognise the characteristics which shape our society. The breadth and scope of Sociology, Social Policy, and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Wolverhampton can help you make sense of human activity and the range of responses we make to societal need.‌

Steve Ross Volunteer of the year 2010Do you want to make a real difference in people's lives? Study Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and you could enter a variety of careers in the areas of children and families, young offenders, victims of crime and other vulnerable groups. 

‌Picture - Steve Ross, Volunteer of the Year 2010 ‌‌‌‌

Why study with us?

As a student of Sociology, you’ll receive outstanding levels of support from our knowledgeable staff. The Department promotes a culture of open discussion and shared ideas. Our degree programmes deliver an excellent grounding in the study and practice of Sociology, with particular emphasis on key concepts, methods and theories used in sociological analysis.

You will learn basic principles of Sociology in relation to social institutions (such as education, work and leisure), and then develop your sociological expertise through both guided and independent study of, for example, technology and social space, the family, "race" and racism in contemporary society, gender and class inequalities, and non-western development. We also offer our students the opportunity to apply their learning where it counts – out in the community – through placements within voluntary agencies.

Social Policy at Wolverhampton is a vibrant and fast moving subject which draws on local and national knowledge to provide a contemporary curriculum that has many work-based applications. Understanding the challenging nature of higher education, the Social Policy team offers a wide range of practical support to help you succeed. Using a variety of teaching and assessment methods, you will be encouraged to take a fresh look at ‘social problems’ and their solutions and to develop your own ideas for tackling a whole range of problems that society currently faces.

If your interests are more specifically in the area of crime, deviancy and society’s responses to offenders, then perhaps our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice is more fitting for your future plans. Your studies will focus on the sociological issues of crime, and could lead to opportunities in the police force, prison service, probation service, the courts and the security industry.

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Career opportunities

Our graduates continue to be attractive to employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Careers in public sector management, policy writing, research, evaluation and consultancy are all possible career routes for our graduates. The ability to interrogate data and highly developed analytical skills which graduates cultivate during their study of these subjects, are ideal for careers in social research in public or private settings, or with think tanks; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning, for example, social inequalities and social exclusion.

Typical graduate destinations include:

  • Community Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Housing Officer
  • Personal Adviser
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Sector Administrator
  • Social Researcher
  • Welfare Rights Adviser

Meet the team

Find out more our teaching staff and their research interests.

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