Taking as groundwork the valued input from local people and institutions, the University of Wolverhampton invites students to measure their lived experience and expertise in discussion of current concerns. Community is a core focus of this course, your curriculum designed to facilitate engagement with education, volunteering, council and criminal justice practitioners alongside people facing disadvantages and discrimination, forging effective real-world experience in Sociology and Criminology. The Foundation Year will compound this approach, allowing you to explore the local area and accustom yourself to University study standards, built upon through interactions with internationally recognised School of Social, Historical and Political Studies teaching staff and a selection of relevant guest speakers. This approach, embedding graduate employability in experience gained and shared from field experts, promises to enhance your prospects in the job market with subject-specific knowledge and a wealth of transferrable skills.
BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology with Foundation Year
Taking as groundwork the valued input from local people and institutions, the University of Wolverhampton invites students to measure their lived experience and expertise in discussion of current concerns within this course.
Taking as groundwork the valued input from local people and institutions, the University of Wolverhampton invites students to measure their lived experience and expertise in discussion of current concerns within this course.
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- The Foundation Year will compound this approach, allowing you to explore the local area and accustom yourself to University study standards
- Taking groundwork the valued input from local people and institutions, the University of Wolverhampton invites students to measure their lived experience.
- The Foundation Year will compound this approach, allowing you to explore the local area and accustom yourself to University study standards, built upon through interactions with internationally recognised School of Social, Historical and Political Studies teaching staff and a selection of relevant guest speakers.
You will have the opportunity to study and understand contemporary social issues from different disciplinary perspectives. You will engage with current academic debates about a range of social issues and debate and discuss ideas about the social world that will challenge and extend your thinking. The module will provide an exciting basis for your future study of the Social Sciences.
This module is designed to introduce you to university life. It will support you in exploring the university environment. It will also introduce you to the wide variety of academic skills needed to succeed at university and will support you in the development of these skills.
In this module, you will work collaboratively with other students on a project that reflects an area of shared interest relating to the broad themes of Business, Law or the Social Sciences. You will have the opportunity to work as a small team to devise, design and plan a project relating to a topic of shared interest. In many aspects of life and work, teamwork and collaboration are the norm to solve real world-problems. This group-based project will allow you to develop a range of skills, including leadership skills, time-management, negotiation, communication, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. By investigating and responding to a complex question, challenge or problem, you and your group will acquire a deeper knowledge of your topic. The module will conclude with a conference, where your group’s project will be presented to the other groups in your class.
This module introduces you to Wolverhampton and the people who live there using concepts and insights from a variety of academic subjects, for example Social Policy, Sociology, History, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law, and Politics, amongst others. You will explore a range of cultural and social issues.
This module gives students an introduction to social theory by looking critically at foundational thinkers within sociology. It considers two sessions a piece on the three influential important thinkers in the history of the subject: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. The emphasis in all cases is on the degree of the ongoing relevance of their thinking. This is furthered by consideration of subsequent social theorists who were influenced by these nineteenth century founders: respectively, Gramsci, Parsons and Ritzer. The emphasis in both teaching sessions and assessments is that social theory is not only of historical interest but illuminates the world in the third decade of the twenty first century. Put simply, we seek to show that historic social theory helps explain the present.
The Sociological Imagination introduces students to the foundational principles and concepts of sociology. It explores the key distinction between 'common sense' and 'sociological sense' in relation to selected aspects of Contemporary British society.
To introduce students to how we think about crime and criminal justice. The module explores how popular and official knowledge about crime and victimisation are contructed. It goes on to locate these constructions within the context of contemporary British society.
This module will introduce students to the key elements of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England and Wales. It highlights how the police, CPS, courts, jury and sentencing operate independently but also within a wider framework, thereby giving students vital introductory information that is required to explore the deeper workings of the system later within their degree. There is also opportunity to consider potential future careers within the CJS (through listening to guest speakers who work in the field, asking questions and reflecting upon their own possible aspirations within seminars) and work towards the Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award Silver Level (WEEA). The assessment for this module also builds upon the employability theme of this module, as students take on the roles of different parts of the CJS and develop team work, debating and presentation skills.
This module will review the importance of advocacy in challenging disadvantage and in raising awareness of issues that impact on the health, wellbeing and efficacy of citizens locally, nationally and/ or globally. It will also focus on skills for the workplace, including working in a team and research skills. It will examine the importance of knowledge to a functioning society, including active citizen engagement, and how to access reliable information to support the campaign. It will examine the skills needed to work productively in a team and how to put them into practice. The module will review successful awareness raising campaigns, leading to the development and implementation of a campaign or event.
The module examines the notion of rights, with particular reference to the rights enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998. The legal issues arising from claims that human rights have been infringed are examined in the context of case law. This in turn illustrates the relevant legal principles that are applied and remedies available for infringement.
This module examines the relationship between the media, culture and society by questioning the role of media and culture, and its centrality to social life in the 21st century. Who controls the media? What messages does the media send about social groups – particularly disadvantaged ones? What role does the media have in manufacturing deviance? Is independent media really independent and can it challenge the mainstream media? Does social media have too much power? What is ‘Fake News’? Through these questions, and others, this module will examine the relationship between the media, culture, capitalism, political power and society.
This module will focus on the history of those considered to be 'outlaws' over the past four centuries; from eighteenth-century smugglers and plunderers, through political outcasts from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, to present-day cyber, sex-work and environmental 'outlaws'. It aims to contextualise such behaviour within wider criminological, socio-economic and political developments and attitudes; what were (and are) concepts of outlawry – who decides what behaviour is beyond the law and for what reasons? The module will investigate the extent to which the response to such 'outlaw' and criminal behaviour has led to cultural, political and social shifts in wider society. The module is intentionally wide-ranging both in its chronological range and in its concept of what constitutes outlawry – it includes discussion and debate about smuggling; plundering of wrecks; political outlawry such as the Gunpowder Plot, the Chartists, and the struggles of the ANC in the twentieth century; Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs of Australia; cyber outlaws such as Assange; and the continuing struggle of sex-workers to become part of the legal fabric of Great Britain. These wide-ranging examples of 'outlaw' behaviour coalesce to form a detailed study of how various governments, politicians and the wider public have attempted to criminalise, control, punish, and ultimately live with the results of such behaviour. The mythologisation of 'outlaw' behaviour will also be discussed as an essential component of the debate; who decides who is or is not an 'outlaw' – is it the government, the press or the public? It forms part of the historical pathway for the BA Honours Undergraduate Criminology & Criminal Justice degree offered by the University and therefore undertakes an historical criminology approach to the various components of the module; aiming always to relate historical events and processes to modern-day parallels and confluences.
The module aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to victimology, an important and increasingly relevant subject within the discipline of Criminology. The module will provide students with an overview of the development of victimology and its history, theoretical perspectives in victimology, the measurement of victimisation, victims in the media, the nature and impact of the victim experience including that of the criminal justice process, and the development of support services and victim policy. The module will consider key issues and debates within victimology and in relation to victims of particular types of crimes.
Framing the Criminological World offers a critical exploration of explanations and understandings of crime through a criminological lens. The module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance and explores the application of theories in real-life cases. The module focuses on a variety of forms of theory, from Labelling and Reintegrative Shaming Theory to Conflict Theory. The spatial and temporal dynamics of the criminological theory are examined with reference to debates on the carnival of crime and political agendas. Collectively the sessions enable students to develop a comprehensive knowledge and theoretical understanding of criminology as an applied discipline. Finally, it will explore criminological theory as a distinct criminological topic, whilst examining its relationship with social science broadly.
This module will explore a selection of twentieth and twenty first century theoretical perspectives.& nbsp; In this way, it builds on the work of the classical theorists considered in the compulsory level 4 module, 4SL007.& nbsp; In order to impart some continuity and coherence into the subject matter, attention will be paid to the emphasis of the theorists on structure and agency in society.& nbsp; Rather than treating the subject matter as an abstract body of knowledge, the module will seek to emphasize and the students will be assessed in how social theory can explain contemporary societies.
This module will introduce students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods in the social sciences. The distinction can be over-stated given as many research projects now use mixed methods, but a difference does exist and it is necessary to unpack it for heuristic purposes. The module will proceed through first outlining the background and key aspects of the qualitative and quantitative traditions, before providing case examples of field work using particular research techniques (surveys, semi structured interviews) within the two broad approaches.
Provides students with sociological perspectives and theories that help to explain gendered differences, gender identities,sexualities and inequalities. Provides knowledge of the processes of gender divisions and differences. Examines the contexts in which gender divisions and inequalities continue, e.g. Education, work and the media.
This module offers the study of the main crimes against the person. It will cover the components of a crime including mens rea and actus reus, along with issues of causation and omissions liability. The module will cover the crimes of murder, manslaughter and non- fatal offences such as assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. It will then investigate how crimes may be proven by establishing all elements of the offence in the absence of a valid defence. Defences covered include the murder specific defences of loss of control and diminished responsibility, consent, insanity, automatism and intoxication.
Environmental Crime offers a critical exploration of environmental dangers through a criminological lens. It assesses the cultural and legal parameters of causing harm to the planet (Green Criminology) by considering what constitutes an environmental crime in contrasting contexts. The module focuses on a variety of forms of environmental crime, from fast fashions to the illegal trade and poaching of wildlife. The spatial and progressive dynamics of environmental factors are examined with reference to debates on black markets and cultural rituals. Collectively the lectures enable students to develop comprehensive knowledge and theoretical understanding of Green Criminology. The module explores environmental crime as a distinct criminological topic, whilst examining its relationship with criminology and criminal justice more broadly.
To introduce students to the history of the modern police force. To examine the relationship between police and society.
Forms of punishment have changed over time from the infliction of retributive and immediate bodily pain (hanging, branding etc) in public to the wider use of imprisonment and non-custodial based punishments, such as probation and fines. The module will discuss how and why these changes have taken place. It will explore the types of punishments employed in the UK in the period 1718-1948, as well as the social and intellectual forces that have had a seminal impact on the development of punishments and sentencing during that period. It will also consider how, over time, the role of the victim in sentencing has altered, as well as the wider social, historical, economic and cultural factors which various theorists argue have driven these changes.
To provide students with sociological theories and perspectives that help to explain racialised differences, identities and ethnicities. To provide knowledge of the processes and patterning of racialised differences, identities and ethnicities. To examine contexts in which racialised divisions and inequalities continue and are reproduced, as shown in contexts such as education, work and media.
This module provides opportunities for community-based learning through voluntary community engagement. This activity will enable you to understand the relevance of your studies within a community context, combining practical experience with academic studies. In addition, it is an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the Third Sector, and the notion of citizenship. Both subject specific and transferable skills will be developed and utilised throughout this module, thus developing graduate employment attributes.
The growth in importance of the body in western society is indicated by the rise of interest in a range of ‘body matters’. This includes body shape, health, and beauty, and how these are subject to various forms of commercial management and social control. As an index of this, we only have to consider the large number of tools and techniques available to us to ‘improve’ our bodies. In addition, the race, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, and infirmity of our bodies, shape our position and acceptability in society, and places constraints on our ability to act. This module will provide an introduction to academic debates around the regulation of bodies and examine the changing status of the body in social theory. It will first introduce a number of theoretical positions that have explored the body’s status in contemporary society in order to provide the framework for the rest of the module. Moving on from this the module will focus attention upon a number of key areas involving the social, cultural and historical management and control of bodies.
Provides students with theoretical understanding of the various sociological perspectives surrounding colonisation, de-colonisation, post-colonialism, Modernisations and current global inequalities. Explores global poverty and inequalities that encompasses an understanding of gendered, class and communal inequalities found in Contemporary Global contexts. Examines empirical evidence that will enable students to explore the patterns of ‘gendered’ racialised and class divisions found within the developing world.
To enable study in depth of certain contemporary issues in criminology. To allow critical evaluation of issues in criminology and to relate these to theory, policy and practice.
This module aims to examine how crime in modern society is prevented and controlled. To critically examine informal and formal methods of controlling crime. To address ways in which the broader behaviour and lifestyles of particular individuals and social groups are controlled through crime control.
The module will explore how social science perspectives are imperative if society is going to respond to the urgent environmental challenges we face today and bring about the social change needed to address them. It will explore the concept of consumerism and how reframing citizens as consumers has helped drive unsustainable economic growth within the developed world. It will review how sustainability relates to sociological concepts such as social justice and equality, and how this relationship is fundamental to The United Nation’s Goals for Sustainable Development. You will analyse the relationship between the social and the natural world, through the theory of ‘entanglement’ which will be used to map your own pattern of more sustainable living. At the end of the module you will have a critical understanding of how knowledge drawn from sociology can contribute to the debate about – and the building of strategies to enhance – sustainability, and bring about change to the environment-society dynamic.
For this module, students will undertake an independent project, support by a member of the teaching team, about a topic of their choice. Students have three options for their project. Option one is a secondary research dissertation, option two is a primary research dissertation, and option three is an applied research project with a not-for-profit organisation.
For this module, students will undertake an independent project, supported by a member of the teaching team, about a topic of their choice. Students have three options for their project: a secondary research dissertation; a primary research dissertation; or, an applied research project with a not-for-profit organisation. Further details are provided in the module content.
The module will focus on developments in modern punishment within the UK from 1948 to the present day. It will provide students with the opportunity to learn about, debate and critically discuss the fundamental changes in punishment methods following the introduction of the 1948 Criminal Justice Act, which abolished the use and distinction between convict and local prisons and which also paved the way (at least in theory) for a more rehabilitative and reformative approach to punishment of both adults and juveniles. It will allow students a deeper understanding of both how and why we have the current system of punishing offenders, and also ask them to consider the degree to which such a system is effective in its means of punishment.
Since modern nations and nationalism have existed there have been accounts that their power is set to diminish. There is no evidence that this is likely in the contemporary world. In fact, the direct opposite is the case: the centrality of the nation state and the power of nationalism as a mobilising ideology have recently come to the fore. Nationalism is a massive subject and a single module cannot hope to cover all of its aspects. Rather, it will take key aspects from its study to give students insight into key issues and debates. The module will begin with definitions of the key terms, move to consideration of the classic theoretical formulations of the rise of nations and nationalism, then assess selected conceptual relationships and, finally, look at particular case studies.
This module focuses on theoretical perspectives, practices, and the foundations of offender rehabilitation, desistance, and the process of change. It explores the precepts of rehabilitation of offenders, what works in offender management, and how the relevant theories and interventions inform these practices and the practitioners. Desistance is introduced as an associated to rehabilitation concept to particularly inform the understanding of the processes that aspire to ceasing offending behaviour (Weaver and McNeil, 2007). Central part of the above exploration is the supervision of offenders which invites exploration of key aspects and methods, such as Relationship building, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural techniques, and the Risk-Need-Responsivity and Good Lives models. The module appreciates that multi-agency working remains vital to the above processes and as such the enablers, barriers, and challenges around multi-agency work in rehabilitation are examined. It further incorporates consideration of the elements of diversity, inclusion, and discrimination in the rehabilitation context and how these affect the prospects of community reintegration (Thompson, 2012). The module also aims to integrate examination of the place and role of probation in the process of change due to its direct association with rehabilitation and desistance. The focus of this module enriches the scope of the CCJ curriculum and develop the knowledge from other modules, such as Criminal Justice, Punishment and Society, Prisons and Prisoners, and Theories of Crime. It further integrates the students' critical understanding of Probation and Offender Management and their role within the criminal justice journey. Quite crucially, this module may also assist graduates interested in joining the Probation Service and the relevant training programme (PQiP). The current HMPPS guidance provides that the period of the training programme is reduced from 21 to 15 months if the applicant's degree covered three out of the four listed topics, namely The Criminal Justice System, Understanding Crime and Criminal Behaviour, Penal Policy and the Punishment of Offenders, and Rehabilitation of Offenders, and they clarify that eligible applicants need to have studied modules on at least three of the four topics as part of a degree. As the fourth one in the above list is directly linked and covered in the present module, 6CJ015 provides a great benefit to the students concerned. Additionally, as a standalone module focussing on desistance and rehabilitation, 6CJ015 is very useful to those interested in mentoring or prison work too. It is also worth noting the timeliness of this module which is also telling of its necessity in CCJ curriculums. The part-privatised infrastructure of Probation Service in England and Wales is set to undergo a process of re-nationalisation in June 2021 which will renew and enhance the attention and interest in the service and offender management. The module's focus on rehabilitation, desistance, and supervision as well as direct links to employability makes it now an essential part of a CCJ programme more than ever.
This module examines concepts and theories of serious and organised crime and evaluates its development, impact and initiatives taken to tackle it. Case study material will include drug smuggling, human trafficking, environmental crime and maritime piracy.
Migration is a fundamental feature of the contemporary world. Its social and economic effects are self evident; its political ramifications frequent. This course will provide an overview of key concepts and issues in the study of migration. The organisation will be split into two interelated sections. The first will consider the key motivations why people move from one country to another. Here the course will look at definitions, push and pull factors in migrant flows and migration in history. Second, it will look at immigration and British society. This will section will pay particular attention to immigration to the UK since 1945: Irish and New Commonwealth immigration, Immigration Control and contemporary asylum and Eastern European immigration.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the idea of young people as criminals, and the youth justice system they move through. Youth crime has been a persistent concern over the past century, with an increasing societal focus and concern on anti-social behaviour. This module will allow students to consider the emergence of ‘youth offending’ and consider whether current youth justice policy is working. The module will explore youth pathways into crime and the treatment of young people in the YJS. The welfare vs. justice debate will be explored and students will gain a critical appreciation of the theory and ideas underpinning youth justice policy and practice in England and Wales.
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Prepare for Foundation Pathway: - We will consider mature applicants (age 21 or over) who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend a compulsory Prepare for foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advice and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact Gateway to discuss and support you making an application to us.
Academic Pathway: - 48+ UCAS tariff points
- A-levels: Grade profile of DD
- Access to HE Diploma: (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
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- T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
- Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
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Other Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.
The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.
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