Career Development and Making a Difference

The details
Sociology and Criminology
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
26 May 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA M900 Criminology,
BA M901 Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA M904 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA L3C8 Criminology with Social Psychology,
BA L3H8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA LHC8 Criminology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LP33 Media and Digital Culture,
BA LP34 Media and Digital Culture (including Placement Year),
BA P300 Media and Digital Culture (Including Foundation Year),
BA PL33 Media and Digital Culture (including Year Abroad),
BA CL83 Sociology with Social Psychology,
BA CL93 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BA CLV3 Sociology with Social Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA L300 Sociology,
BA L301 Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA L304 Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA L306 Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LM38 Sociology and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA LM39 Sociology and Criminology,
BA LMH9 Sociology and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LMHX Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LL23 Sociology and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL24 Sociology and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LL32 Sociology and Politics,
BA L3J9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L3M9 Sociology with Human Rights,
BA LMJ9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LCJ8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA LJ8C Sociology with Psychosocial Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA LJC8 Sociology with Psychosocial Studies,
BA LL36 Social Anthropology,
BA LL3P Social Anthropology (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL6P Social Anthropology (Including Placement Year),
BSC L315 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research),
BSC L316 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L317 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research) (Including Placement Year),
BA LL37 Social Anthropology with Human Rights,
BA LL38 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L333 Criminology with Counselling Skills,
BA L334 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA LM11 Criminology with Criminal Law,
BA LM12 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA LM13 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Placement Year),
BA L332 Sociology with Counselling Skills,
BSC L310 Sociology with Data Science,
BSC L311 Sociology with Data Science (including Year Abroad),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (Including foundation Year),
BA LY10 Social Sciences,
BA LY11 Social Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BA LY12 Social Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BA LY13 Social Sciences (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This is a compulsory module for all students in Sociology entering from 2022/23. It is a co-curricular module carrying zero credits but is compulsory. It is different from any other Sociology modules in the sense that there is no exam, and it runs over the whole of the three years of undergraduate studies.

Upon the completion of the module, each Sociology student will have developed an understanding of their skills, interests, and goals and how these can be implemented to address the societal challenges of the future.

Students will have to complete activities to fulfil the module assignment requirements at the end of Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 from any point after the final compulsory lecture in their year of study, up to the final submission deadline.

Some of the activities will be based on content delivered in the lectures, and others will require attendance at other events outside of SC199.

The module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis and it is 100% coursework. The assessment requirements are detailed below.

All the resources for this module will be available on Moodle.

Module aims

1. To develop a comprehensive understanding of employment and post-graduate opportunities available to Sociology students after graduation.
2. To encourage personal reflection on and planning of career path.
3. To develop wider employability skills
4. To ensure students are adequately prepared to access future career opportunities
5. To develop a comprehensive understanding of how sociologists can contribute towards solving key societal challenges for a sustainable future.

Module learning outcomes

1. Have a clear understanding of their own interests, skills and competencies, relevant to their future career choice.
2. Be able to identify and research the graduate-level roles and career paths available to sociology students.
3. Be able to locate resources for finding jobs and postgraduate courses that interest them, and to make applications.
4. Be able to identify appropriate summer placement/internship/work experience opportunities, and to prepare effective applications for these opportunities.
5. Understand how our personal trajectories relate to wider society and a sustainable future.

Module information

The module will cover 15 core elements as outlined below:

1. Understanding the self (interests, skills, values, motivations)
2. Learning and practicing how to generate personal development plans (reflecting on relation between features of self, university opportunities, and life beyond the university)

Opportunity Awareness
3. Understanding degree-based career landscape (careers directly or indirectly related to degree)
4. Understanding graduate labour market (trends at national and international levels)
5. Understanding employer requirements (what are the sorts of skills, attitudes, etc. that employers are looking for?) and developing selected skills
6. Understanding the opportunities, benefits, and challenges of work experience and volunteering

7. Learning and practicing pro-active, reactive, and creative ways of constructing relevant career options
8. Learning and practicing how to generate career action plans

9. Understanding processes of graduate recruitment and selection in different sectors and how to maximise success
10. Acquiring skills/techniques for CV and cover letter writing
11. Acquiring skills/techniques for filling in application forms effectively
12. Acquiring skills/techniques for researching & finding vacancies
13. Acquiring skills/techniques for interviews
14. Acquiring skills/techniques for doing well at assessment centres

Subject Specific Awareness
15. Using skills/knowledge acquired in course modules to reflect on how sociologists can address societal challenges and contribute to a sustainable future. Sociology related themes will be embedded in as many of the lectures as possible.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered through a series of CORE Zoom webinars, as outlined in the table above. These are spread across 3 years of study with 3 in the first year, 2 in the second year and 1 in the third year. Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Attendance will be taken and absences will be noted.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Moodle Quiz (Week 22)     
Practical   Attendance at event     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is not taken for marks.


Module is not taken for marks.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sergio Lo Iacono, email:
Dr Katy Wheeler, email:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 34 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Sociology and Criminology

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