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MA Criminology and Sociology

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • SXU-4005: Research Process and Meaning (20)
  • SXU-4016: Dissertation (60)
    One-on-one supervision tutorials, as determined by the progress of the individual student, to include guidance on identifying and planning an appropriate research topic, investigation and applying relevant theoretical concepts, planning and conducting fieldwork and data collection (where relevant) and presenting the results coherently and in the appropriate format.
    SCU-4016: Traethawd Hir (60)
    Tiwtorialau goruchwylio un-i-un, fel y pennir gan ddatblygiad y myfyriwr unigol, i gynnwys cyfarwyddyd ar nodi a chynllunio testun ymchwil priodol, ymchwilio a defnyddio cysyniadau damcaniaethol perthnasol, cynllunio a gwneud gwaith maes a chasglu data (lle bo'n berthnasol) a chyflwyno'r canlyniadau'n gydlynol ac yn y ffurf briodol.

Optional Modules

20 to 40 credits from:

  • SXY-4010: Transnational Crime (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Course Outline Study of Transnational Crime and Policing 2. Study of Terrorism 3. Study of State Crime 4. Study of Organised Crime 5. Group Presentations 6. Reading Week 7. Study of ID theft 8. Group Presentations 9. Study of Trafficking in arms, drugs and people 10. Study of Corporate Crime 11. Study of eCrime 12. Student Presentations 1
  • SXY-4015: Key Issues in Criminology (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXY-4020: Comparative & Intl Crim Just (20) (Semester 1)
    • The promise and problems of Understanding Criminal Justice Comparatively • Review of core aspects of criminal justice with reference to England and Wales • Doing criminal justice differently • Punishment and penal policy across the globe • Victims, victimisation, and criminal justice • Models of criminal justice and their applicability • Forms of international criminal justice – the ICC • Alternative forms of justice – Truths Commissions

20 to 40 credits from:

  • SXP-4018: Researching Community (20) (Semester 1)
    1. Conceptualising community 2. Community studies as a method of social research 3. Space and locality studies 4. Social network approaches 5. Virtual communities and globalisation 6. Imagined communities 7. Governmental approaches to community 8. Community action, mobilisation and cities 9. Community cohesion agendas 10. Methodological developments in researching place and space
  • SXS-4064: Nationalism and Minorities (20) (Semester 2)
    The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine the general theoretical arguments and approaches concerning nationalism, ethnicity, minority rights and multiculturalism. The second part will be devoted to specific types and examples of cultural diversity focusing on minority nationalisms, linguistic minorities, post-immigrant minorities, indigenous peoples, as well as their relations with majorities. Individual weekly lecture topics will be drawn from the following: Part A: Theoretical arguments • Analytical concepts: nation, culture, indigenous people, ethnic group • Minorities and the state, concepts of plural and multicultural societies • Theories of minority rights: Kymlicka et al • Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition • Tensions between human rights and respect for cultural difference • Groupist and essentialist fallacies Part B: Empirical examples • Self-determination and nations without states • Indigenous peoples, land and modernity • The politics of minority languages • Ethnic and nationalist conflict • Majorities as minorities
  • SXS-4066: Culture, Race and Civilization (20) (Semester 1)
    Topics will include • Culture as cultivating (the normative/Enlightenment concept of culture and civilization) • Cultures in the plural (the positivist concept of culture) • Culture failed (civilization after the Holocaust; civilization and colonialism) • Multiculture (the promise of multicultural civilization)

0 to 20 credits from:

  • SXU-4020: Social Science in Action (20) (Semester 1)
  • Students must take at least 20 credits from each of the Criminology (SXY/SCY) and Sociology (SXS) modules listed above. September intake students can also take SXU 4021 Social Science in Action 2, however, this module is not available to students starting in January.