Year Two begins in 2016/17 on the 12th September. For full details see the UCC Calendar.  No student may register for Second Arts (Criminology) until he/she has passed the First University Examination in Arts (Criminology). The selection of any module is conditional on the permission of the Professor or Lecturer concerned and the Programme Director or College being satisfied that a student is capable of profiting by attendance at the module. Students may not select modules that involve a timetable clash.

Students wishing to register a change of module must do so via the Student Portal or at the Student Records and Examinations Office no later than two weeks after the start of each Semester. No changes in registration will be allowed after these deadlines.


Students need 60 credits each year, and therefore should register for 20 credits of compulsory modules AND 40 credits of option modules, noting that Semester 1 only has 5 compulsory credits but Semester 2 has 15 compulsory credits. We recommend that students take 30 credits in each semester, and avoid an imbalance of 25-35. We strongly advise against students taking 35-25 because of the weight of assessments it brings around Christmas.

All modules are 5 credits unless otherwise indicated. Note that the directly criminological modules are all available in Year 3 as well, enabling a flexibility of choice to avoid clashes. A list of Year 3 modules can be found on this website. It is very difficult to design out all timetable clashes with so many Departments involved, but the directly criminological modules should not clash with each other.

Compulsory core modules for 20 credits

Semester 1 SC2021 Sociology of Crime & Deviance; Semester 2 SC2024 Contemporary Studies in Critical Criminology (10 credits); SC2002 Research Methodology.

Plus 40 credits from the following list of optional modules, noting that, because of staffing changes, a module may be withdrawn for a year or even permanently, so if in doubt take it whilst it is there:

Directly criminological modules:                                                        

Semester 1     SC2052 Forensic sociology     SC2055 Official criminal statistics     SC2057 Policing modern society     SC2061 Terrorism and political violence   SC2062 Education in prisons     SC2063 Anthropology and social control     SC2064 Gender and crime     SS2007 Penal policy and practice     HI2046 Policing and popular justice in Ireland, 1803-1960.     

Semester 2     SC2040 Animals and crime     SC2053 Women, confinement and social control in Ireland     SC2054 Crime, urbanisation and cities     SC2056 Sex offenders     SC2058 Life-course criminology and desistance     SC2059 Victims and victimology     SC2060 Comparative perspectives on policing     HI2044 Crime and media in Ireland     HI2045 Crime, violence, and revolutionary Ireland, 1913-1925. 

Background modules:

Semester 1    SC2001 Foundation in sociological theory; SC2018 Sociology of culture and art; SC2026 Sociology of the family; SC2027 Sociology of health, illness and the body; SC2034 Cultures of cities; AP2104 Developmental psychology; ST2011 Social statistics; PH2002 Reasoning and argument; PH2016 Models of democracy; PH2028 Applied ethics; PH2029 Agency and rationality; LW1153 Criminal law (10 credits, S1 & 2); LW2207 International human rights law; LW2006/7 Law of evidence (10 credits, S1 & 2); GV1218 International politics 1; GV2230 Public management concepts; GV2231 Public management in practice.

Semester 2     SC2004 Political sociology; SC2012 Race, ethnicity, migration and national; SC2017 Sociology of education, learning and work; LW2208 Law of the European Convention on Human Rights; ST2013 Social statistics; PH2004 Introduction to political philosophy; PH2006 Philosophy of mind and consciousness; PH2017 Feminist philosophy; HI2018 Violence and war; PH2019 Philosophy of science;GV2232 Quantitative management in practice; GV2240 International politics 2; GV4102 Gender perspectives on politics

The following literary and cultural modules are options but most, but not all, can only be taken with the relevant core technical language module in Year 2 and are often taught in the language concerned:

FR2105*, FR2107*, FR2202, FR2204, FR2306,FR2311, FR2404, FR2602, FR2702 (* = obligatory).

GA2001* (10 credits).

GE2101* (10 credits), GE2102 (10 credits), GE2126 (5 credits), GE2129, GE2130, GE2150.

HS2101* (ex-beginners) (10 credits), HS2102 (ex-non-beginners) (10 credits), HS2022, HS2023.

IT2101* (10 credits), IT2102, IT2304, IT2305, IT2306, IT2309, IT2310.


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