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L3M1 Sociology with Law BA Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code L3M1
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6827

Course Content


Our degree programmes feature a carefully weighted balance of core and optional modules that enable students to pursue their particular study interests while at the same time acquiring key disciplinary skills. Our teaching is tailored to maximise the intellectual progress of students over their three years of study.

Level 1

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and fundamental issues within Sociology.

This will include an introduction to:

  • Social change in industrial and post-industrial societies
  • Concepts in Sociology and their application to social issues and processes
  • The role of culture within contemporary society
  • Social research methods and approaches. Students may also expand their individual interests through their choice of open modules.

Level 2

Students will build on and extend their introductory studies. Students will develop their understanding of:

  • The strengths and limitations of sociological theories
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods, to underpin the design and implementation of a sociological project.

Depending on module choice, specific study may then develop sociological understanding of:

  • The interrelationships between the self, identity and society
  • The main dimensions of social exclusion within contemporary societies
  • The relationships between crime, deviance, victimisation and dominant social divisions
  • Key theories of crime and deviance
  • Police and policing
  • Other topics taught within the School of Applied Social Sciences.

Students also have the opportunity to expand their individual interests through the study of an open module.

Level 3

Students will critically analyse and evaluate more complex issues in the discipline of Sociology. Students will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in Sociology through their dissertation.

Depending upon module choice, specific study may then include topics such as:

  • Critical themes and controversies in relation to globalisation
  • Major issues and debates in social policy
  • Competing critical perspectives in regard to health, illness and medicine
  • Key critical issues and debates in criminal justice policy and practice
  • The place of spectacle in global society
  • Other topics taught within the School of Applied Social Sciences.

Students also have the opportunity to expand their individual interests through the study of an open module. Joint Honours students study a programme that combines some of the topics outlined above with modules available in the partner department. Prospective students are encouraged to visit our web page or contact an Admissions Tutor for more information.

Teaching and assessment details

Weekly lectures provide a basis for the more detailed work students undertake in tutorial groups of 8-15. Modules are organised on the basis of one hour lecture per week and one seminar per fortnight, giving an average contact time of nine hours per week. Assessment takes the form of closed examinations, assessed essays, projects and posters.

Study Abroad

We are part of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We currently have links with the universities of Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study.  

One essay-based subject at A-level, or equivalent, is required.

If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multi-disciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes.  

We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

School of Applied Social Sciences: Sociology and Criminology

Durham University is highly regarded by employers and has an excellent graduate employment record with over 95% of students finding employment or entering further training within six months of graduation. The University is regularly among the country's top performers in graduate employment while SASS programmes are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects. 

The exciting interdisciplinary mix of Sociology, Criminology and Sport allows students to develop and combine interests in cognate subjects preparing them for a range of careers in the public and private sectors.  These have historically included: policy advice, market research, journalism, education (in all sectors), project leadership, social work, community development, development work with NGOs, human resource management, sport policy and development, sports management, coaching, research and policy, health promotion and allied health professions such as occupational therapy or physiotherapy, coaching and professional sports performance

Of those students that left in 2012:

  • 42.5% are in full time employment

Of those in employment:

  • 76% of those are in graduate level employment
  • £18,000 Median Salary

Of those in further study:

  • 91% are in graduate level study

A significant number of Applied Social Science graduates progress onto higher level study following their degree. Several remain within their academic field of interest, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions including Goldsmiths College (London), Oxford, Newcastle to name a few. Others pursue vocational professional study such as teaching (PGCE), social work, public health, surveying and journalism. A small number take conversion courses in law (Graduate Diploma Law) and psychology. Others pursue further study at Durham in a marketing/human resources related field.

Studying Anthropology and Sociology (BA) at Durham University provided me with strong multi-disciplinary background that has been extremely useful for my work within the humanitarian sector. The course provided me with current thinking and theory regarding cultures and society and also taught me to be more critical and analytical in my work.
Emma Lovell BA Anthropology and Sociology (2007)

Employment development opportunities

Careers Adviser delivers talks to all undergraduate year groups
Year 1 (5 minutes as part of induction) focusing on developing employability skills, penultimate year on internships , work experience and final year on graduate employers/schemes , the recruitment cycle and making effective applications for jobs and further study.

A separate talk provided for final year Criminology students on career options related to degree. 

Level 3 modules across all programmes involve field trips to relevant professional organisations and invited speakers working in practice contexts.

Students on postgraduate degrees often seek potential employers as sites for their research to show their skills to those they want to work with

Work experience

Undergraduate programmes in SASS do not currently offer placement opportunities but we are keen to support empirical dissertations involving fieldwork in organisations with which we have links.  Our research-methods teaching stream which runs through all of our undergraduate degree programmes develops the skills which students apply to real world contexts.

The School also runs two large professional postgraduate programmes to train Social Workers and Community and Youth Workers, both of which involve substantive practice placements.

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate programmes do not carry professional accreditation.  However, our Social Work and Community and Youth Work postgraduate awards carry GSCC and NYA accreditation respectively.  

Our Postgraduate Research programmes are recognised as part of the ESRC North-East Doctoral Training Centre, and so can attract bursaries for further study, as well as offering opportunities for students to engage in collaborative research projects with prospective employers.

Career examples

Durham University Applied Social Science graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and employment sectors. The private, public and charitable sectors are all represented. Example career areas include Marketing, Accounting, Recruitment Consultant, Public relations, Retail Manager, Advertising, Private Banking, Human Resources, Consultancy, Community Cricket Coach, Sport Policy and Sport Development Officer, Armed Forces Officer , Insurance, Sport Event Management, Political Researcher, P.E Teacher (Private School), Media Executive .  Example high profile employers include Home Office, London Wasps, Hampshire cricket Club, Decathlon, GLL, IMG, Trinity Mirror Group, Rugby School, Durham Cricket Club, NHS and Army. 

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days in Durham City will take place on:

  • Monday 25 June 2012
  • Saturday 30 June 2012
  • Saturday 22 September 2012

Further details, and information on how to book.  

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

School of Applied Social Sciences: Sociology and Criminology


Developing a sophisticated and critical understanding of society. The study of crime, deviance, social control and criminal justice in society.

Sociology has been taught at Durham University for nearly 50 years whilst Criminology is a new and exciting development. Our programmes are wide ranging, focusing on applying knowledge and theory to real life situations. Our teaching is research led and we have a highly valued and diverse student community. Our reputation as a world leading centre for applied social and criminological research was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Sociology is ranked in the UK top ten in The Times Good University Guide 2011 and for graduate prospects. As well as Single Honours programmes in Sociology and Criminology, students can undertake Joint Honours courses with Politics or Anthropology, as well as Sociology with Law.

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The library's resources for the study of Sociology and Criminology are among the best in northern Britain, and college libraries also hold copies of some of the main textbooks. We make extensive use of duo (Durham's online teaching resource), and undergraduates can enjoy the use of the resources room within the Department, which has additional published material and networked computer access.


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