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First year programme - Flexible Combined Honours

CriminologyThe FCH Criminology pathway at Exeter addresses fundamental issues about how crime and deviance are defined and policed. You will learn about long standing concerns such as the causes for criminal behaviour as well as how criminologists inform contemporary debates about sentencing, social disorder, addiction, and social deprivation.

We offer a notably wide ranging approach to Criminology. You will have the opportunity to examine traditional issues associated with the operation of the criminal justice system, the patterning of crime, and the social responses to deviance. The central spine of methodological and substantive teaching for Criminology is based in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy, which has been rated 6th in the country in the recent national Research Assessment Exercise.

In addition, we also offer the possibility of examining how matters of crime, deviance, and social control intersect with conflict, human rights, and international law. This means you will gain experience an inter-disciplinary programme of study that includes historical, political, philosophical, and psychological perspectives for understanding and responding to crime and deviance.

Whatever path you take through Criminology, you will explore theoretical, empirical and methodological issues associated with social research. The emphasis will be on developing critical analytical skills.

German policewomenThere are three compulsory modules in the first year of Criminology:

  • Either
    • Contemporary Society – Themes and Perspectives - SOC1019 (15 credits)


    • Contemporary Society – Fields and Case Studies - SOC1020 (15 credits)
  • Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance - SOC1039 (15 credits)
  • Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology - SOC1040 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Law for Non Lawyers - LAW1020 (15 credits)

to make a total of 60 credits in this half of the overall Flexible Combined Honours degree programme.

More than 60 credits of Criminology can be taken each year so that this becomes the main element of your degree title, providing sufficient relevant modules from any department are available.

Sociology department.