Learning and assessment
The programme adopts a range of teaching methods in order to provide a varied experience, allowing all students to learn appropriately.
Some modules take place on the wider faculty arena, bringing students into contact with students of other disciplines. In your first year, you will typically be in lectures, workshops and seminar groups with other students from your degree programme. You will also have individual and group tutorials with your Personal Tutor to develop your learning skills and style. In your second year, you will experience teaching styles similar to those in year one but also encouraging you to apply your developing skills to constructing research approaches and projects. In your final year you will apply those skills to more independent work on a dissertation and in a work placement as well as applying the knowledge acquired in previous years to two specialist crime modules.
Assessment varies by module. Assessment methods include individual and group presentations, essays, reports and examinations. Students are offered opportunities to present formative assessment in all modules where this is feasible. The assessment diet is incremental: a maximum of 2,000 words or the equivalent per module in the first year, graduating in length to offer the opportunity for a major piece of academic work and a work-related academic analysis in your final year.
The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and the Richmond Atrium have cafes, bookshops and meeting spaces.
Students also have access to the Communal area of the ground floor of Pemberton building and can also book meeting rooms in the Library for collaborative learning and groupwork.
You'll be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor who has regular and weekly ‘drop-in’ slots available. Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged.
You'll also be assigned a personal tutor to supervise your dissertation.
Our academic expertise in the field of Sociology and Crime ensures that programme content and delivery is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed.
We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team. The programme will be taught by existing experienced staff with strong research records who have published widely in sociology, social policy, criminal justice and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.
Formal lectures facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding at the early stages of the course. As it progresses, the main emphasis is on self-directed research and evaluation of related literature; students will be supported in these by individual supervisors. These aspects further develop the research-informed nature of the curriculum.
The dissertation module provides a major opportunity to demonstrate competence in the execution of desktop and/or empirical research and autonomy in data-handling and critical interpretation in a research context. The ability to deal with complex issues and solve problems will be enhanced by effective reflective practice.