This course develops your skills as a social scientist through modules such as 'Quantitative Methods in Criminology' and 'Applied Qualitative Research Methods'. You will apply these skills to analysing the criminal justice systems including courts, policing, probation services and prisons.
Around 9 out of 10 students on Sunderland's social studies courses agree that teaching staff are 'good at explaining things' and 'enthusiastic about what they teach', according to the National Student Survey.
Throughout the course you will explore theories and approaches to 'Criminology' and 'Criminal Justice' in ever-increasing depth. There is also a choice of modules linked to four pathways: diversity and inequality; youth; police and penology; care and rehabilitation.
In addition there is opportunity to apply your new skills and knowledge during an 84-hour practical placement. This could involve working in the prisons, crime research units, probation services, police forces or agencies liked to drugs, alcohol and mental health.
88% of graduates from our social science courses enter employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to the 2010 Destination of Higher Education Leavers Survey. Potential employers include the traditional agencies related to the criminal justice system as well as a growing number of charities, social enterprises and educational organisations.