Year One

Year One: modules

In Year One, BA Criminology students take a number of foundational subjects that will enable them to understand and fully benefit from the specialist modules in criminology in Years Two and Three, with all the reading and assignments that they entail. It enables a smooth transition into the main body of the degree.

In the case of the language, this is now optional but still aimed at enhancing future employment prospects and is part of the Languages for All rubric. You can still run your language stream throughout the whole degree, and the language departments offer several interesting crime-related modules related to their language. In 2017-18, we have a further improvement: CR1004, our criminology introduction to law and social control, will run in combination with LW1169 the Law School's socio-legal introduction to law - as a compulsory element introducing students to the social nature of law and its institutions.

Brand new this year is an unassessed but vital and compulsory Study Skills module. Our students are very good but they usually need to learn more, sometimes new, study skills to be able to deal with the demands of university assessments and to maximise their enjoyment of the university experience. So all students should attend this module, run by UCC teaching and learning experts with contributions from ourselves, in Semester 1: see the timetable herein. We are proud that Criminology has been chosen for and volunteered to be the subject area to trial this module, before it is rolled out to the whole university in 2018-19.

On the timetable, because of changes to the structure of Year 1 over the years, it is wiser to use the Year 1 timetable here on our web pages - because the UCC web timetable follows our updates and because there are entries in the UCC timetable which may be misleading for various reasons. Bookmark our timetable in your smartphone or laptop.

The foundation subjects are worth 60 credits as follows:

Criminology: 20 credits in total, comprising CR1001 (5 credits, S1) Criminology: a History and IntroductionCR1002 (10 credits, S2) Criminology: Key Concepts, Studies and IssuesCR1003 (5 credits, S1) Introduction to the Psychology of Crime.

Sociology: 15 credits in total, comprising: SC1012 (5 credits, S1) Introduction to Sociology and SC1013 (10 credits, S2) Key Issues in Sociology.

Law and society: 10 credits in total, comprising CR1004 Introduction to Law and Social Control (5 credits, S1) and LW1169 Criminal Justice and the Irish Constitution (5 credits, S2). 

Plus 15 credits from either:

A  Government (15 credits): GV1217 (5 credits, S1) Introduction to Political ScienceGV1204 (5 credits, S1) Democracy, Ideology and Utopia, and GV1207(5 credits, S1) Politics and Government of Ireland......OR

B  Philosophy (15 credits): PH1001 Introduction to Philosophy......OR 

C  French, German, Spanish, Italian or Irish: 15 credits in one of these languages, in the following detail:

French: FR1105 (5 credits), FR1107 (5 credits) and FR1201 (5 credits)

German: Beginners: GE0003  (Level A1) Part 1 (5 credits), GE0004  (Level A1) Part 2 (5 credits,) and GE1104 (5 credits); Intermediate: GE0005 (Level B1) Part 1 (5 credits), GE0008 (Level B1) Part 2 (5 credits), and GE1102 (5 credits).

Spanish: Beginners: HS0028 (10 credits) and HS1007 (Cultural project, 5 credits); Improvers can take the post-leaving certificate HS1009 (10 credits) and HS1007 (Cultural project, 5 credits).

Italian: Beginners: IT1109 (10 credits) and IT1201 (5 credits).

Irish: GA1003 (15 credits). 

The detailed module specifications for all the above modules can be found in UCC's 2017-18 Book of Modules.


Points to note re languages:

German: Students wishing to select German (Beginners) are recommended to have a minimum grade HC1 in another modern continental language or Irish or Latin or Greek in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent). Students wishing to select German (Non Beginners) should have a minimum grade HC3 in German in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), or reach the required standard in the departmental proficiency test. 

French: A student will not normally be allowed to select French unless he/she has attained a pass standard in French in the Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent. 

Italian: Students wishing to take Beginners' Italian are recommended to have a minimum of Grade HC3 in another modern continental language, or Irish, or Latin, or Greek in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent). Students wishing to take Non-Beginners' Italian are recommended to have a minimum of Grade HC3 in Italian in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent).

Spanish: Students wishing to take Beginners' Spanish must have obtained a Grade HC3 in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in another modern language.


Changes to First Year subjects will be allowed, provided subject prerequisites are met, up to four weeks after the start of Semester 1. The on-line facility for making changes to subjects will only be open for the first two weeks of Semester 1. Subsequent changes must be processed manually through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Office, G31, O'Rahilly Building.