Sustainable Development and Criminology BA (Hons)

Course code D44C

What is special about this course?

The world is facing the prospect of a climate emergency, with decision-makers grappling with how to understand and respond to the pressures on our environment and society. Sustainable Development, from the local to the global, is essential if society is to tackle the challenges faced. The necessary changes will impact on every facet of society, culture and the economy; this is a critical moment to study sustainability.

Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines and is both a theoretical and empirical subject, with many of criminology’s most significant advances achieved through empirical studies. Core to this BA (Hons) Sustainable Development and Criminology programme are the development of clear and confident research methods and analysis skills. 

You will develop a critical understanding of the local, national and international contexts of crime, offenders, victimisation and responses to crime (including cybercrime). You will also expand your knowledge and critical understanding of the three pillars of sustainability (social, environmental, economic), learn the facts about climate change, explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and consider potential and emerging solutions such as the Green New Deals, the concept of ‘degrowth’ and the transition to wellbeing economies, leaving you ideally placed to influence, or indeed become, one of the decision-makers.

Delivered online by blended learning and available to study from home, you will benefit from collaborative discussions and activities with colleagues from a range of diverse backgrounds and experiences, facilitated by tutors with many years of experience in delivering online education.

Special features

  • The opportunity to combine the study of the social world, environment and economics, with the study of crime and its control
  • This degree is delivered by tutors with years of experience of teaching at a distance, and can be studied from home, full or part-time to suit your circumstances.
  • Recent Sustainable Development graduates have careers in community economic development, managing rural development initiatives, working for UN agencies, and working on international renewable energy projects; 
  • Criminology may lead to careers and sectors including: Community development worker, Detective, Police officer, Prison officer, Probation officer, Social worker, Youth worker, Education (teaching), Researcher, Central and local government, Police and prison services, Court services, Security services, Non-profit-making organisations, including the NHS and Educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime.

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grades BBC or above or
  • 2 A levels at grades BC or above
  • At least 2 should be from the list of required subjects
  • Additional qualifications and experiences will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry

  • HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit, will be considered for direct entry to year two

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules: 

  • Understanding sustainable development
  • Exploring economics in a changing world
  • Understanding the social world
  • Introduction to criminological theory

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects. 

 

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules: 

  • Approaches to economic development
  • Empowering communities
  • History of crime and punishment
  • Practical research and analysis skills

You will also choose two further option modules from other humanities subjects.

 

Year 3 - BA

You will usually study the following modules: 

  • Globalisation and sustainable development
  • Working with communities

You will also choose three of the following modules:

  • Advanced social research methods OR Climate change
  • Psychology of criminal justice OR Strange cases: crime literature and the construction of crime
  • Gender, crime and justice OR Understanding violence and crime in sport

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in either Sustainable Development or Criminology.

You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject plus three option modules from the other subject.

Sustainable Development modules may include:

  • Geo-political development issues
  • The consumerist society
  • Social enterprise and the social economy

Criminology modules may include:

  • Cultural criminology
  • Globalisation of crime
  • Restorative justice
  • The darker side of the internet

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. As this course was designed using our blended learning approach it will be delivered through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. Further information will be provided by your home campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ up to 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

 

Study Mode2021-22
Full-time (6 x 20 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time
Full-time Year 1 CertHE £9,000
Full-time Year 2 DipHE £9,000
Full-time Year 3 Degree £9,000
Full-time Year 4 Honours free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

This course is not currently available for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Study Mode2021-22
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,060

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

 

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

If you wish to attend an optional residential weekend, or to join other field trips, contributions will be required towards the overall costs incurred. The cost will vary depending on the event, your location and the amount of other funding available towards the event (for example, HISA contributions to the Student Society Residential weekend may reduce costs for individual students). Attendance at these face to face events is optional and not essential for completion of the course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Sustainable Development and Criminology course, you might like to consider careers in: 

  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development departments of local authorities 
  • Community enterprises and community energy groups 
  • Community land initiatives 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Voluntary sector development posts 
  • International non-governmental organisations 
  • Independent consultancy on sustainability 

Apply for Sustainable Development and Criminology BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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