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:
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.
- Visit the Howard League website here
- Visit the British Sociology website here for links to sociology careers, what sociology is, how sociological research is conducted and origins of sociology.
- If you’d like to organise your tasks and create a to-do list visit Trello here
- If you’d like to explore careers within the Legal sector or law enforcement visit the Prospects website here
- To find out more about the Law, Criminology & Policing Courses at Edge Hill visit our website here.
- To find out more about Criminology and Sociology course at Edge Hill visit the website link here.
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.
To introduce you to Criminology and Sociology you might find the following podcasts interesting. You’re not expected to access all of them, and these are suggestions (you won’t be examined on them) but do take a look at some. Remember that learning at university isn’t just what takes place in formal sessions, it’s also about your input too and this means reading and listening to particular areas of interest independently.
Recommended areas of interest and how to access them (this is not an exhaustive list)
- Listen to this series that is host to episodes created by the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford reflecting on topics such as rights and justice, politics, penal culture, crime and mental health and immigration.
- Naomi Klein’s podcast. Naomi has had a long career as a journalist. Time and time again, she’s seen capitalists take advantage of crises. She saw it when she was a reporter in Iraq, and noticed it again while reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now, she’s seeing the agents of capitalism rush in to profit from the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Podology has interesting content for beginners, and for those with prior or advanced knowledge of sociology. You’ll find that this complements resources listed above too.
The following videos will help you start thinking critically:
- What is crime? Watch The Open University’s senior lecturer in Criminology, Dr David Scott discuss the concept and aspects of crime.
- Watch ‘The Dirty War on the NHS: Privatisation, Profits and the Impact on Patients’
- John Pilger’s documentary here examines how British government ruthlessly expelled the population of the Chagos Islands, a crown colony in the Indian Ocean, in the late 1960s and early 70s to make way for an American military base on Diego Garcia, the largest island.
- Another John Pilger documentary ‘The War You Don’t See’ It is a searing indictment of lying and deceit by government and media that manufactured public consent for the Iraq war.
- Watch this Ted Ex talk about The Wisdom of Sociology – Sam Richards
- For a quick Introduction to Sociology watch this video here
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