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Department of Sociology


The Sociology/Criminology Joint Track is available to 2nd year students in the  HSPS course.

In part IIA and part IIB they will be able to combine modules taught by the Sociology Department, and the Institute of Criminology:

There is no crime without society and in this joint track students will learn key sociological concepts and approaches to social problems, alongside topics such the understanding of patterns of crime, pathways into and out of crime, and critical issues regarding law, policy and practice in relation to criminal justice and sentencing.

Year 2 (Part IIA):

Students will take:

  • a  Sociology paper on Social Theory,
  • a Sociology paper on Modern Societies,
  • a Criminology paper titled Foundations in Criminology & Criminal Justice;
  • as a fourth paper, students can choose between CRIM 2: Statistics & Methods or CRIM3: two long-essays on criminology topics.

Year 3 (Part IIB):

Students will take:

  • Two sociology papers chosen from a wide range of subjects: Advanced Social Theory, Media, Religion, Modern Capitalism, Gender, Race & Ethnicity, Modern Britain, Health & Medicine.
  • Two criminology papers:

CRIM4: Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System
CRIM5: Social Networks and Crime: Global perspectives on social order, violence and organised crime


  • It will be possible for students to offer a dissertation in place of one of the papers.

If you have any questions regarding this joint track, please contact the Undergraduate Administrator for Sociology:

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