Module Choice BA Criminology2020-05-16T11:31:16+00:00

BA Criminology

Please read the following information carefully as it contains important information regarding module choices for students studying on the BA Criminology. If you need any assistance please contact the Student Experience Office.

Please choose your level of study from the tabs on the left where you will find a full list of module choices and guidance regarding which and how many modules you should choose for each semester.

To help you make your choices you can read an outline of each module choice option.

View the Module Information Sheets

Disclaimer: Please note the availability of module may be subject to change.  

Module Choice FAQs

What are my responsibilities when making module choices?2018-04-06T10:38:16+00:00

BEFORE you submit module choices it is your responsibility to check the following things:

  1. Check the module is running (using the info in the law students area module choice page and info sent to you by law-seo@sheffield.ac.uk, not using the module directory/module choice system)
  2. Check you meet the prerequisites for your modules (eg. you may have to have taken a module this year, or select 2 modules together for next year. Research papers require an application form to be submitted before the module deadline)
  3. Ensure you have taken/will be able to take 9 Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules over the course of your degree.
  4. Ensure you have taken 3 Autumn and 3 Spring semester modules
  5. Ensure you have selected 120 credits modules.
What if module availability changes after I have submitted my choices?2019-01-24T11:56:51+00:00

If you want to take a different module, you can request that we reject one of your module choices so that you can add a new one by emailing law-seo@sheffield.ac.uk

Will you reject a module if I don’t meet the requisites for it?2018-04-06T10:39:52+00:00

Not automatically – it is your responsibility to check you meet the requisites for a module. As we process thousands of module choice requests, we are not able to go through every module choice request and check you meet the prerequisites.

I’ve realised I don’t meet the prerequisites for a module I’ve chosen – what do I do?2019-01-24T11:50:06+00:00

You can request that we reject a module choice by emailing law-seo@sheffield.ac.uk but this is only possible during the pending stage if the choice has been approved we are not able to reject it.

I want to make a change to my module choices – what do I do?2019-01-24T11:54:35+00:00

If it’s before the module choice deadline you can request that we reject a module choice by emailing law-seo@sheffield.ac.uk but this is only possible during the pending stage, if the choice has been approved we are not able to reject it.

If it is after the module choice deadline: you will have to wait until the add/drop opens at the start of the relevant semester. There are no exceptions to this: module choice is a central process and once it is closed we cannot accept or reject anything new.

Can you change my choices or enter choices for me?2019-01-24T11:58:29+00:00

No, module choices is a student-led system, we can only accept/reject requests.  Should we reject one of your choices you will need to submit a replacement one.

Can I take post graduate modules.2018-04-06T10:42:00+00:00

No, there are no circumstances in which undergraduates can take postgraduate modules.

Can I take modules at a different level to my year group (eg. a level 3 modules in year 2).2018-04-06T10:42:26+00:00

We do not recommend you do this because it will appear on your transcript and future employers may question why you didn’t take 3rd year Law modules on a Law degree, but it is possible:

  • Only 1st years can take level 1 modules.
  • 2nd years could take one level 3 module, however, if you don’t take enough FolK modules in 2nd year this may force you to take a 2nd year module in 3rd year. We recommend taking all 2nd year modules in 2nd year.
  • Final years could take one level 2 modules, however, this will show up on your transcript and potential employers/degree providers may question why you took a 2nd year module in 3rd year – we strongly recommend you take level 2 modules in 2nd year (and get all your Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules completed) and take all level 3 modules in 3rd year.
Can I take modules from other departments?2018-04-06T10:42:56+00:00

Depending on your programme regulations this may be possible if you are allowed to take unrestricted credits in 2nd or 3rd year (use the programme regulations finder to check this), however this will be subject to:

  • modules being available and accepting students from other Schools
  • approval from both the receiving School and the Law School

We recommend caution with this as all modules you take will appear on your transcript and potential employers/course providers may question why you didn’t take Law modules on a Law degree.

Can I use the module directory to choose what module to add?2018-04-06T10:43:58+00:00

The module directory includes every module that has ever run (even if it is not running now) as we are not allowed to remove modules from it. Therefore you should not rely solely on the module directory as you may choose modules that are not running. It is better to refer to the law students area and the information sent out by law-seo@sheffield.ac.uk.

What happens if I try to add a module that isn’t running.2018-04-06T10:44:25+00:00

It will be rejected. Unfortunately the module choice system cannot stop you from adding a module that isn’t running, it is your responsibility to check if it is running or not.

When will I get the timetable for modules for next year?2019-01-24T12:00:52+00:00

We are not able to confirm the timetable until the week before teaching commences. Things like seminar groups are subject to change during the first 3 weeks of term due to add/drops – we may have to move students around to ensure all students have a non-clashing seminar group.

What happens if I forget to add modules or don’t add enough before the deadline?2019-01-24T12:07:36+00:00

Should you miss the deadline for module choice you will need to wait for the system to re-open during add/drop.  Please make every effort to ensure you add enough modules in time as you may not get the modules you want otherwise.

Your Choices at Level 2

At Level 2 you need to choose 1 Autumn Semester module and 1 Spring Semester module to take during your second year.  You MUST have an even split across each semester so 3 modules in each.

You MUST take the modules listed below and these will automatically be added to your record there is no need to select these modules:

LAW218 Responding to Crime (AUTUMN)
LAW225 Analysing Crime Data (AUTUMN)
LAW217 Punishment and Penal Policy (SPRING)
LAW226 Criminology Research Project (SPRING)

You MUST choose 2 from this list:

LAW208 Advanced Criminal Law and Justice  (AUTUMN)*
LAW228 Criminal Process (AUTUMN)
LAW3030 Drugs, Crime and Control (AUTUMN)
LAW3052 Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders (AUTUMN)
LAW317 Rehabilitation of Offenders (AUTUMN)
LAW380 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (AUTUMN)
LAW389 Youth Crime and Justice (AUTUMN)
SCS2009 Sociology or Crime and Deviance Click to view module outline

LAW229 Criminology and War (SPRING)
LAW232 Criminal Evidence (SPRING)
LAW3021 Police and Policing in a Global Context (SPRING)
LAW390 Restorative Justice (SPRING)
SCS2021 Crime, Justice and Social Policy (SPRING) Click to view module outline

Once you have made your selections from these list you will need to access the module choice system to put your request for these modules onto the system

Please ensure you have 3 Autumn Semester Modules and 3 Spring Semester Modules including your core modules.

Your Choices at Level 3

At Level 3 you need to choose 2 Autumn Semester modules and 1 Spring Semester module to take during your third year.  You MUST have an even split across each semester so 60 credits in each semester.

You MUST take the modules listed below and these will automatically be added to your record there is no need to select these modules:

LAW3047 Dissertation Preparation (AUTUMN)
LAW3048 Dissertation (SPRING)

You MUST choose 3 modules from this list:

LAW3030 Drugs, Crime and Control (AUTUMN)
LAW3052 Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders (AUTUMN)
LAW317 Rehabilitation of Offenders (AUTUMN)
LAW331 Criminal Process (AUTUMN)
LAW380 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (AUTUMN)
LAW389 Youth Crime and Justice (AUTUMN)
SCS3018 The Sociology of Surveillance (AUTUMN) Click link to see module outline
SCS3038 Organised Crime and Illicit Markets (AUTUMN) Click link to see module outline

LAW307 Criminal Evidence (SPRING)
LAW3021 Police and Policing in a Global Context (SPRING)
LAW3038 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law (SPRING)
LAW3049 Special Project: Pro Bono – ‘Can only take one special project’ (SPRING)
LAW390 Restorative Justice (SPRING)

Once you have made your selections from these list you will need to access the module choice system to put your request for these modules onto the system

Please ensure you have 3 Autumn Semester Modules and 3 Spring Semester Modules including your core modules.

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