BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Sociology Seminar

Global Development, Politics and Sociology

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  • Core Modules

    Introduction to Crime and Punishment

    This module will introduce students to the key thinking and research, historically and presently, about the causes and consequences of crime on society. It will also examine and explore many of the key issues that face us when trying to understand how best to deal with those who commit crime. It will consider crime as a social construction, the construction of victims and perpetrators, and the ways in which crimes of the powerful are overlooked by focusing on working class groups. It will explore the relationship between the media and police and the ways in which they impact on meanings and perceptions of crime and criminals.


    Applied Criminology (Term 1)

    The purpose of this module is to develop in the student general and subject specific core skills and knowledge appropriate to a criminology and criminal justice graduate. In the first instance, the module aims to encourage students to identify how criminology and criminal justice theory and research is applied in professional settings, and to identify the skills and attributes needed for successful professional practice. The Skills are explicit and are developed within the context of current professional practice in the criminology and criminal justice field. Students will have the opportunity to identify the skills they need and to record and evidence skills and knowledge acquisition through a supported Personal Development Planning process.


    What’s going on (how do we know, and what can we do about it?): Mental Wealth 1

    The module aims to ground and complement other shared or common level 4 programme modules by providing an introduction to the key Vision 2028 ‘UEL Graduate Attributes’, such as the psychological and physical determinants of human performance that are difficult or impossible to be replicated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The module takes a psychosocial approach to exploring ‘the self’ in both personal and professional contemporary contexts. The module aspires to provide an intellectually integrative and socially cohesive workshop experience.

    The module will provide an opportunity for students to review their own personal development to date self-reflexively.

    With these ends in mind, the module introduces students to theories of individual and social inequalities and how the latter can inform one’s approach to ‘community businesses ‘that is, all kinds of activities and enterprises run by local people for local people’). In the context of understanding the concept of, designing and exploring a community business, students will identify their employment and career aspirations and their personal, professionally relevant skills and potential abilities. Students will learn to develop skills with a psychosocial approach to research by gathering and presenting data in relation to their proposed community project.


    Social Theory 1

    This module is about decolonising social theory which means looking at how social theory as an attempt to understand 'modernity' needs to incorporate, rather than relegate the significance of colonialism and empire.


    The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)

    In this module we will consider the representation of the present as a moment of crisis. This will include consideration of:

    • Economic crisis, including welfare reform and austerity
    • Political crisis, including democratic deficits and populism
    • Ecological crisis
    • National crisis, including questions of identity, racism and justice
    • Emotional crisis, including links between individual well-being and social structures.

    The module will introduce students to histories of empire and colonialism in order to understand long-standing processes of expropriation and ecological degradation in the name of progress.


    Digital Sociology and the 4th Industrial Revolution

    Since the 1970s when social theorists like Bell and Touraine proclaimed the coming of post-industrial society there has been a growing interest in the implications of technological change on society and in particular on the central role of information in these transformations. 

    This module is about the relationships between technological change, i.e. the emergence of the so-called 4th Industrial revolution (Schwab 2017) and social relationships. Moreover, it is also concerned with the implications of all of this for are capacity and ability to make sense of these changes via social science and the arguments that we need to develop a 'digital sociology' (Orton-Johnson and Prior 2013, Lupton 2015, and Marres 2017) to do this.

  • Core Modules

    Space, Bodies and Power

    This module introduces students to debates about bodies and embodiment and the exercise of power across spaces. We will discuss practices of surveillance, bordering and the relation of these practices to colonial practices of ordering and to ecological crisis. We will revisit questions of inequality, inclusion and stigmatisation. This will include a consideration of questions of sexuality and sexual rights and disability rights.


    Social Theory 2

    The aim of the module is to provide a comprehensive introduction to classical and contemporary sociological theories as they developed from the 19th century to explain the emergence of 'modern' societies and continued to track the development and transformation of modern societies in the 20th century and the emergence of what has been increasingly understood as globalisation by the start of 21st century. 

    The module examines five major ideas that have structured the development sociological theories since the establishment of the discipline. These ideas are the industrial society, democracy, individualism and modernity which in turn emphasise the economic, political, social and cultural aspect of the social. In addition, the module will also look at the more recent development of ideas of globalisation.


    Mental Wealth 2: Social Enterprise

    This module aims to introduce students to a range of planning and fundraising models and techniques used in the third sector. It will build their competence and confidence in designing and presenting their own projects and fundraising ideas. It will be delivered in collaboration with UEL Enterprise and other partner third sector organisations. This is the second of 3 modules running through the BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management, which will incrementally build a full set of competencies for work in the not-for-profit sector.

    Optional Modules

    The Sociology of the City

    As Short (2014:1) observed, in 1800 only 3 out of every 100 people lived in cities now it is just over 1 out of every two people that do. This module considers the various approaches that social sciences and others have made to making sense of the growth and transformations of modern cities.

    It begins by looking back to some of the key attempts to develop a theory of the urban via the work of Weber, Simmel Benjamin and Lefebvre. Then it moves on to consider the empirical tradition which sought to describe and reform the modern city from Booth in London, Du Bois in Philadelphia, to Park and others in the famous Chicago School.

    We will also look at the role of planners and utopian modernist visions of the city before revisiting the anxieties over the perceived loss of community in the post-war period, the growth of suburbs and debates over what direction developments should take. We then move on to consider Marxist approaches to the city and how these have developed in an era of globalisation. 

    The module will also consider questions of politics and power in the city as well as issues of representation difference and culture before looking at possible future developments for cities and theories of them.


    Intersectionality and Digital Culture

    Intersectionality is a way of understanding our multiple identities and the impact of intersecting structures of inequality on our lives. Increasingly, in our digital world, processes of discrimination, harassment and hatred take place through digital means. At the same time, we live mediatised lives, presenting ourselves online and crafting new identities for pleasure and for work. This module will introduce students to debates about intersectionality and the place of digital cultures in staging and remaking our identities and relations to each other.

  • Optional Modules

    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

  • Core Modules

    Applied Research Project in Social Sciences

    This module allows you to apply your understanding of key social scientific theories and concepts as well as issues and methods in social and community work to a research question of your choice. The module introduces necessary research and evaluation tools and methods and ethical procedures, data collection and analysis methods and starts you on your journey to becoming independent researchers. You will complete an independent research project or an evaluation of a project you have been involved with through placements, volunteering or work experience. You will receive support and guidance throughout the independent research and are encouraged to reflect on the methodological, ethical and theoretical issues that you will face in the course of your research experience.


    Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections

    The Placement Reflections module aims to bring together learning from reading, lectures, coursework and discussions during the first two years, first by applying the skills learned in a real- life work environment, then by reflecting on the Placement experience and relating it to the key concepts and debates in your area of study. To achieve this, you are required to work for at least two days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks (or 20 working days total) as a volunteer for an organisation with a speciality in your area of study. During this time, you should carry out an identifiable project agreed with the host organisation for this Module. The Module Leaders of each programmes will provide guidance and briefings for you on securing a suitable placement.

    During the work placement you are expected to:

    • Improve skills for future employment
    • Engage in “real -life” projects which will enable students to put academic knowledge into practice and place practice into an academic context.
    • Develop key personal and professional skills such as team-working, time management, working under pressure and self-evaluation.
    Optional Modules

    Youth Crime. Gangs and Sub-culture

    The module will aim to introduce you to the main theoretical discourses and empirical research - both historically and within contemporary context - pertaining to the understanding of:

    (i)    the diverse cultural formations adopted by young people 
    (ii)    subcultural (and post-subcultural) theories of youth culture with regards to explanations of crime and deviance 
    (iii)    youth transitions, social exclusion and crime 
    (iv)    of media representations of 'deviant' youth cultures / styles, and 
    (v)    the contested notion of the emergence of violent street gangs in England’s urban centres.


    Psychological Criminology

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the developing relationship between psychology and criminology. You will combine the study and practice of forensic psychology and criminology, particularly in relation to police and court systems. You will be encouraged to critically appraise the relevance and efficacy of psychological and forensic studies of crime.


    Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics

    The aim of this module is to examine the ways in which concepts of race have developed historically in the West and to look at some of the key social, political and theoretical consequences of this. The module begins with looking at the argument that ‘race’ is a social construct then the module examines the ways in which this has been constructed and reconstructed in different historical periods, and the political struggles that have surrounded this.


    Surveillance and Society

    This module will build on your existing knowledge of routine surveillance to enable you to recognise security breaches, ethical issues raised by mishandling of sensitive data and the value of confidentiality/privacy as a human right.  It provides you with invaluable skills at a personal and professional level essential for research, employment and your daily life.

    To live in the 21st century means experiencing multiple systems of surveillance, in what is termed a ‘surveillance society’.  This interdisciplinary module introduces students to the functions of a society that has overlapping systems that track, measure and judge individuals on a continuous, daily basis in a more pervasive way than could have possibly been imagined.  We have become habituated to incessant surveillance to the extent that we share aspects of our everyday lives on social media and increasingly popular reality shows embed it into our culture leading to even greater acceptance of it.

    This module looks at the origins of surveillance right up to the latest emerging automated surveillance systems and pre-crime surveillance.  It considers how surveillance ‘works’ on persons to modify behaviour and how categorisation of individuals results in social sorting that can affect our life chances.  It also explains how surveillance capitalism functions and if we can employ means of ‘digital self-defence’ to protect ourselves from such intrusion.


    Culture, Media and Politics

    This module introduces students to key debates in the field of cultural sociology, including debates about fashion, media, memory and the presentation of self.


    Bordering and Governance

    After decades in which the importance, or even existence, of borders were seen as waning in a world increasingly dominated by the rise of globalisation, economic, cultural, political, re-bordering states has become a symbol of resistance to pressures emanating out of neo-liberal globalisation.

    Borderings, as the dynamic spatial and virtual processes which construct, reproduce and contest borders play central roles in a variety of local, regional and global political projects of governance and belonging, determining individual and collective entitlements and duties as well as social cohesion and solidarity.

    In this module, you will explore how social scientists have conceptualised these 'bordering processes' and examine in-depth case studies of re-bordering in the UK and globally. You will also reflect upon your and others' positioning in relation to the underpinning political projects of governance and belonging.


    Gender, Power and Politics

    In this module you will explore gendered power relations within the political realm of society. You will be engaged in critical examination of the differential inclusion of men and women in the political realm. This will enable you to understand different forms of their political action in their historical and contemporary contexts.

    Each session of this module comprises a lecture and a seminar. Lectures are based on interactive teaching methods and aim to inform, provide evidence and stimulate informed critical debate on a range of key issues relevant for gender equality in the contemporary world. Seminars are designed to further critical debates relevant for this module by providing students with opportunity to swap ideas, explore concepts, policies, and modes of thinking about gender, gender power systems and identities in the modern world.




Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.