Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

3L3L

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full time

Department

Sociology

Course overview

Explore how societies are organised, and how people are united and divided. Within the context of modern forms of power, examine the nature of crime and criminality from a critical, sociological perspective.

This degree is aimed at those who want to understand how modern societies are structured, but also for those with an interest in crime and criminality. This interdisciplinary degree will give you the skills and experience to pursue a wide range of careers.

Why study BA Sociology with Criminology at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll be taught by researchers at the cutting edge of criminological and sociological research on urban crime, control and security, and globalisation and crime. And, as part of a tight-knit group of students, you'll benefit from the support and expertise of your teachers throughout your degree.
  • This Sociology with Criminology degree brings issues of social inequality and social justice to the foreground. You will learn how ‘race’, gender, class and nationality connect to crime and control.
  • We are international in our outlook: students learn about crime and control in the UK and beyond.
  • You’ll be encouraged to take on a work placement that matches your interests and aspirations. You could find yourself supporting a victim of crime, attending court, or mentoring young people.
  • Based in New Cross, a changing area of south London, we’ll take you on walking tours of the local area so you’ll be able to see how theories learnt in lectures apply to the local community.
  • In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), sociology at Goldsmiths achieved a high score of 93% for the overall quality of our teaching.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Brett St Louis

What you'll study

What you study

This programme will allow you to consider the subject of criminology from a sociological perspective. You will study:

  • how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order
  • how governments respond to ‘crime’, and how they might respond differently
  • the growth and development of the modern state, the formation of modern society and culture
  • social control, policing, surveillance and security
  • crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence
  • research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics

Our intention is that you consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. 

Year 1 (credit level 4)

The first year of this programme will introduce you to sociological knowledge and training, but it will also offer an understanding of criminology in the context of the nation-state.

You study four core modules:

Year 1 core modules Module title Credits
  Researching Society and Culture 1 15 credits
  Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
  Culture and Society 30 credits
  Policing the State 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

The second year will give you the chance to explore crime and criminology in a global context, considering crime and global inequality, migration, international relations and trade, and state crimes and human rights. This learning will help to frame your third-year dissertation research.

You study the following core modules:

Year 2 core modules Module title Credits
  Criminal Justice in Context 15 credits
  Crimes Against Humanity 15 credits
  Researching Society and Culture 2 30 credits
  Central Issues in Sociological Analysis 15 credits
  The Making of the Modern World 15 credits

You also choose up to 30 credits of optional modules from a range offered in the Department.

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Your final year will be a mixture of core and option modules as well as an in-depth dissertation (30 credits) in a subject area of your choice.

You will take the following core module:

Module title Credits
  Contemporary Social Theory and Society 30 credits

You will also study option modules to the value of 60 credits. Option modules offered recently include:

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Privacy, Surveillance and Security 15 credits
  Race, Racism and Social Theory 15 credits
  Sociology of Visuality 15 credits
  Sociologies of Emerging Worlds 15 credits
  Citizenship and Human Rights 15 credits
  Global Development and Underdevelopment 15 credits
  Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture 15 credits
  Migration, Gender and Social Reproduction 15 credits
  Why Music Matters for Sociology 30 credits
  Thinking Animals 15 credits
  Prisons, Punishment and Society 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 25% coursework, 75% written exam
  • Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 3 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Staff

Many of the areas you study in this degree are at the forefront of their discipline, and are taught by nationally and internationally recognised experts.

Staff who contribute to this programme include: 

Sobia Ahmad Kaker

Margarita Aragon

Les Back

Kirsten Campbell

Abby Day

Jennifer Fleetwood

Kiran Grewal

Emma Jackson

Theo Kindynis

Alex Rhys-Taylor

Careers

Sociologists enter careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. The BA Sociology with Criminology degree will provide an excellent base for careers in:

  • Civil society organisations
  • Human rights organisations
  • Policing and probation work
  • A range of research, planning and policy-oriented careers
  • Social services, criminal justice, welfare services
  • Education
  • Local or national government

Over the last three years, some of the graduate level careers for Goldsmiths Sociology graduates have been:

  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Grants officer
  • Housing and welfare officer
  • Learning support worker
  • Local Government graduate trainee
  • Marketing Manager
  • Personnel manager and officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Researcher
  • Social and youth worker
  • Sustainability officer

You might decide to continue your studies at postgraduate level, by undertaking a Graduate Law Diploma or with the aim of making a career in higher education either as a lecturer or as a specialist researcher.

Read more about possible career options on our Sociology careers pages and by checking out options for Sociology Employability. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.