The Department of Sociology is diverse in its undergraduate and postgraduate provision and offers a wide range of courses. Our courses utilise cutting-edge research in areas of crime reduction, criminal justice and wider social policy, which were ranked as ‘world-leading’ in REF 2014. We work pro-actively with local, national and international partners to ensure that our students gain a wide range of employability skills and that our curriculum is informed by the latest practice.
Part of our core provision is ‘Service Learning’, a module in which over 250 students enjoy the opportunity to work with local not-for profit organisations and shape their practice. Equally we have expanded our ‘Learning Together’ provision, whereby undergraduate students learn alongside students in custodial settings. We have been able to offer criminology students a select number of paid sandwich placements in one of the local prisons.
Innovation in teaching and learning is equally evident in our postgraduate provision, where we are in the process of developing our career guidance provision and launched new courses in policing leadership. We pride ourselves in some of excellent interdisciplinary across the School of Social Sciences and the University, in particular the work we do with The Nottingham Institute of Education and the Department of Psychology.
Our Research Groups and Centres
The Violence Trends Project focuses on answering the question: What is the role of population group – and context-specific changes in personal security and routine activities in explaining the decline in stranger and acquaintance violence?