BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology Program By University of Stirling |Top Universities

University of Stirling

Stirling Campus, Stirling, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
    =471
  • QS Stars
    5
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Subject Sociology
  • Fees(GBP) 52400-
  • Start date Jan-2000
Do you want to understand better how society works? Are you keen to know more about the purpose, processes and outcomes of social welfare, both here and abroad? Why and how do people break the law? How can the criminal justice system define this and how do we police, prosecute and punish people? Our courses look at the nature of social change, social differentiation, the construction and definition of social problems and the maintenance of social order as well as broader questions of process and policy. And we offer an international and comparative approach covering topics that analyse society and welfare issues in various countries. We have particular expertise covering Scotland, the UK, the European Union, Western and Central Europe, Australasia, North America and Latin America. In your first two years you will take three subjects each semester. One of these is a core subject for your degree, but you can choose the other two from Faculties across the University. For example, you could take Sociology with English or another language, Social Policy with Marketing or Criminology with Law. The key benefits of this system are that you can change the emphasis of your degree as you progress, change from full-time to part-time if you need to, change your degree subject(s) and not until midway through your second year do you need to decide what your final degree subject(s) will be. Many of our students go on to complete Combined Degrees with subject such as Law, History, Education, Politics, Philosophy, Business Studies, Spanish, Computing Science and Psychology. The core modules for Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology students in the first two years – Social Differentiation, Social Problems, Understanding Social Policy and Development of Social Theory – provide a coherent and cumulative introduction to key concerns. In Years 3 and 4, you will specialise in your chosen area. As well as taking core modules you will chose from a list of optional modules. For Sociology and Social Policy students, these include: Sociology of Childhood; Race and Ethnicity; Sociology of Development; Ageing, Society and Social Policy; Urban Society; Housing Policy; and Addiction: Policy and Practice. Criminology students can choose from a range of modules including: global networks and crime; Women, Crime and Society; Punishment and Society; and Crimes of the Powerful. Over the course of Years 3 and 4, you will also have the opportunity to develop practical research skills through two intensive core courses on qualitative and quantitative research skills, as well as the opportunity to undertake your own research dissertation. Completing your dissertation provides you with highly valued transferable skills. Examples of recent dissertation topics include: Sectarianism in Scottish Society, Understanding Binge Drinking, the Criminalisation of Muslims in Britain, Body Image, Obesity, Anti-social Behaviour Orders, Young Female Bullying and Violence, and the Impact of Adoption on Personal Identity.

About University

The University of Stirling is an international university committed to helping students make a difference in the world. Based in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is a place where ability – not background – is valued, and teaching, employability and facilities are all rated five-star (QS World University Rankings 2020).  

 

The University of Stirling is ranked top 30 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021), and students rated Stirling top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020. 

 

With more than 220 undergraduate course combinations and over 90 postgraduate courses, we equip our graduates with the knowledge, expertise and employability skills needed to succeed in the workplace. 

 

Campus life 

 

The University of Stirling is rated 1st in the UK and 5th in the world for its campus environment (UK ISB Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018), and it’s not hard to see why. 

 

Less than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, our beautiful 330-acre campus is home to newly renovated accommodation, catering outlets, shops, a cinema and theatre and even an 18th-century castle. We’ve also invested more than £40 million to further enhance our world-class fitness and high-performance sports facilities and create a new campus hub.  

 

Commitment to employability 

 

Ranked 1st in Scotland and top 15 in the world for careers services (UK ISB Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018), our courses offer hands-on experience, career support and opportunities to work with industries across the globe. 

 

A global outlook 

 

The University of Stirling is truly global in every sense of the word. More than 120 nationalities are represented on our diverse and inclusive campus.  

 

We collaborate with institutions across the world – with teaching in research partnerships in more than 60 countries in order to help our students become forward-thinking graduates with skills that are sought after by employers across the globe. 

 

Sporting excellence 

 

The University of Stirling is the UK’s Sports University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. We’re also home to five national governing bodies and ranked 1st in Scotland and top five in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018).  

 

Our students also benefit from more than 50 sports clubs, dozens of weekly exercise classes and our non-competitive Get Active programme. 

 

Research with impact 

Our world-leading academics are experts in their fields, and our teaching explores this cutting-edge research to make an impact on society. That’s why three-quarters of Stirling’s research was classed as either world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). 

 

Our aim is simple: from feeding the world to using psychology to catch criminals, we want to tackle the global issues of our time. Our multi-disciplinary researchers challenge assumptions, innovate thinking and find solutions. 

 

Are you ready to Be Stirling? 

 

Find your course, learn more about funding opportunities, scholarships and why the University of Stirling, Scotland is where you belong.

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