Learning and assessment
Modes of teaching include:
- group work
- use of video and interactive material
- online exercises.
We provide specific opportunities for regular engagement with a Personal Tutor through seminars as part of our ‘Studying Critically at Bradford’ module. This provides direct guidance on how to engage with the specific assets and learning challenges of the first year at the University of Bradford, and just as significantly, enables students to gain a clear understanding of the modalities of sociological inquiry and the skills required in order to meet the needs of the discipline.
The assessment menu is varied and uses traditional formats, such as examinations and essays but also has a range of innovative and distinctive means of assessing student knowledge and skills which include presentations, book reviews, exercises in self-analysis/reflection and reflective journals.
Students taking the work placement option will have the opportunity of having their placement experience assessed by a placement report. Students will prepare research proposals in Level 5, which will feed into their Level 6 dissertation project.
The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and also 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 group work.
All students are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, who has regular and weekly ‘drop-in’ slots available for students to see them.
Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged. Students are also assigned a personal tutor to supervise their dissertation.
Staff expertise in Sociology and Crime ensures that delivery and content is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed. We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team for this programme.
The programme is 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.