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BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested reading

You’ll attend your first week (this is your Induction week), before you commence your formal lectures and seminars. Your Induction week is important as you’ll attend a range of introductory sessions to your subjects (Criminology and Sociology) and to familiarise you with the programme. You’ll be provided with a comprehensive academic programme handbook and an administrative rules and procedures handbook which are accessed via our virtual learning platform, Blackboard. The contents of each and how to access them will be explained during your first formal introductory sessions. Furthermore, guidance on how to access and use our virtual learning platform, Blackboard, our library, and the roles of various colleagues in the Departments, such as your personal tutor, will also be outlined and who you should go and see if you require assistance.

You’ll also be provided with a handbook for each individual module that will include details of the aims and outcomes for each module (accessed via Blackboard). These will also include details of the teaching and learning methods, assessment methods and weightings, assessment criteria, details on coursework submission and feedback dates and procedures, extension procedures, module attendance requirements and details of the title and contents of your weekly module lectures and weekly seminar/ workshop tasks and the supporting reading for each topic comprehensive reading list of key texts. You’ll also be provided with a comprehensive reading list of key texts, and guidance from your tutors on how to make the most of them.

In the meantime, you may wish to make a start by purchasing some of the of the following texts (please note you can always buy a second-hand copy / a previous edition or borrow from a library):


  • Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology, 3rd Edn, Cullompton: Willan Publishing
  • Muncie, J. and McLaughlin, E. (2019) Sage Dictionary of Criminology (eds), 4th Ed, London: Sage.


  • Giddens, A. and Sutton, P. W. (2021) Sociology, 9th Edn, Cambridge: Polity Press

You’ll also have access to an electronic library of essential module textbook(s) for each of the compulsory Year 1 Criminology modules you’re required to take. These are available through the University’s Law Trove resource from Oxford University Press. Students have access to those books throughout all three years of study. Your Sociology tutors will provide you with comprehensive reading lists of key texts and these will be available in our library as hard copies and/or online books.

Useful websites

Things do to over summer

There are several things you can do to start to prepare for your studies over the summer. We recommend that you:

  • Get into the habit of reading a good quality, broadsheet newspaper on a daily basis; The Guardian and The Independent (now online) are good choices and the ‘i’ newspaper is relatively cheap and an excellent way of keeping up to date with current events.
  • Listen to news programmes on radio and television watch and especially extended news programmes which provide more analysis, such as Newsnight and Channel 4 News
  • Access and watch good quality documentaries such as Dispatches, Panorama and Unreported World.

As a BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology student, you’ll need to have good knowledge and understanding of current events – getting into the habit of paying attention to news and political events will certainly help you with your studies. You may be doing some of these things already, if so, keep up the good work.

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