Everyday Life and Criminal Justice in the UK

How does society shape our lives and how do we shape society?

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Explore the relationship between sociology and the everyday life.

Explore the routines and practices in UK society and how the state punishes certain deviations from these routines by defining them as illegal and punishing them with imprisonment.

Week 1 - Sociology and the Everyday Life

This week will provide you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sociology and the everyday life. It will encourage you to think sociologically about things that surround us and our routines. Your studies will concentrate on the city - in particular, Nottingham, and will develop your own sociological view and analysis of everyday life issues through lectures, workshops, seminars and outdoor activities and visits.

Topics you will study may include social divisions and identities, how to think sociologically, classical and contemporary sociological theory, urban sociology and the city, tourism and gentrification, environment and social sustainability, modernity and postmodernity, neoliberalism and individualisation, and Globalisation.

Week 2 - Criminology: Prisons, Police and Justice

Would you like to learn more about the Criminal Justice System and Practice of England and Wales? During this week you will explore life and processes in prisons, focusing on gender, age and ethnic minorities. You will explore cases of miscarriages of justice and gain an understanding of Penal Policy. You will look at the politics of abolitionism: reducing and eliminating the use of incarceration and mental health care in prisons. You will visit our award winning National Justice Museum and participate in talks with experts.

At the end of this week you should understand the fundamental concepts underpinning the major sociological approaches to punishment and the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches as they are applied to sanctions, in particular, societies. You should also be able to demonstrate your knowledge of penal sanctions available in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

You should have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and have the required English language skills. Ideally you will have a demonstrable interest and prior knowledge of the subject.

Student Feedback

Every aspect of the course was very interesting, I really enjoyed the visit to the National Justice Museum, Courts and the Council House. Overall it has been a great experience. All the lectures were very well prepared and were delivered in a very systematic and structured manner.

Parmeet Kaur, Panjab University, India

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Course Details

Location: City Campus

Starting: 22 July 2019

Course Duration: Two weeks

Credits: 10 UK / 5 ECTS


Early bird discount applies to students who pay their tuition fee before 31st March 2019:

Early bird discount fee

Standard fee



If you are interested in booking as a group of 10 or more, please contact us for more information and package prices.

Application deadline 1st June 2019

Fees include:

  • Full social and evening events programme, supported by NTU student buddies
  • At least one weekend visit to one UK city or other attraction (maximum of three trips available for those on the four-week programme)
  • NEW for 2019 - English Conversation Cafe
  • NEW for 2019 - An end of course ‘Summer School Showcase’ at which student work is exhibited to NTU students, staff and summer school students
  • Access to NTU’s Global Lounges and services, including a free international lunch and week-day refreshments
  • An Employability / Alumni session
  • A GSS T-shirt
  • Certificate of completion and a transcript of results

How to Book

Please download and complete the application form, and email it to the Global Summer School team:

Email: globalsummer@ntu.ac.uk

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