In Year One, BA Criminology students take a number of foundational subjects that will enable them to understand and fully benefit from the main modules in contemporary criminology in Years Two and Three. 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 project. From 2016-17 onwards we have introduced optional modules in Government and Philosophy as alternatives to the language module. These foundation subjects are worth 60 credits as follows:

Criminology: 20 credits in total, comprising SC1003/CR1001 (5 credits, S1) Criminology: a History and IntroductionSC1004/CR1002 (10 credits, S2) Criminology: Key Concepts, Studies and IssuesSC1014/CR1003 (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 or Criminology: 10 credits in total, comprising EITHER [a] LW1168 (5 credits, S1) and LW1169 (5 credits, S2) Introduction to Legal Systems OR [b] SC1018/CR1004 Introduction to Law and Social Control (5 credits) and SC1019/CR1005 Crime, Law and Societies (5 credits). 

Plus 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 as follows:

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 2016-17 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, i.e. until Friday 2nd October 2015. The on-line facility for making changes to subjects will only be open for the first two weeks of Semester 1, i.e. until Friday, 18th September 2015. Subsequent changes must be processed manually through the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Office, G31, O'Rahilly Building.


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