Areas of Expertise
- Youth justice
- Children's participation in decision making
- Children's rights
- Consultation with children and young people
- Youth crime prevention
- Multi-agency crime prevention
- Young people's use of substances
- Youth offending
This module will introduce students to basic legal concepts such as the Rule of Law and due process and provide an understanding of the powers of the state, the UK legal framework and the law making process in England and Wales. In particular, the module will consider the UK constitution, the supremacy of Parliament, the impact of the European legal framework on the UK, the components and operation of the criminal justice, and civil liberties and human rights. The module also aims to help students understand the components, functions and key actors in the criminal justice system in England and Wales and will explore the relationship between the state and the citizen and the nature of human rights and civil liberties.
This module deals with the theory and practice of youth justice and working with young offenders. The history of changing attitudes and policies is related to current issues and practice. The work and shifts in the functions of key criminal justice agencies such as youth offending teams will be critically considered in this module.
Globalisation is a defining characteristic of the 21st century - almost every aspect of human existence is touched by globalization. The growth of mass communication, international networks and migration has collapsed time and space with the result that there has been movement towards a single culture. Contemporary criminology therefore sits within a rapidly changing world. This module steps away from conventional models of criminological enquiry; it considers serious crime through a social harm perspective. It examines manifestations of crime in the following areas: ¿ Gun crime and gun culture (with particular focus on the USA and UK) ¿ Multi-cultural society, domestic abuse and so called honour based violence against women ¿ Human Trafficking/Slavery for the purposes of commercial exploitation (human organs, forced labour, sexual exploitation ¿ Green Criminology, including environmental crime and key challenges such as global warming
This module is completed in the form of a group-based project: The Youth Justice Project - a project-based 20 credit Master¿s degree level module. Students work in small groups (normally between 4 and 6) on completion of a group `project¿ under the guidance of staff. Topics for projects reflect current issues in youth justice and students are encouraged to gather and assess a wide range of information from a variety of sources, including; criminology books, journal articles, the Internet and the media to illustrate their understanding of contemporary youth justice. The Youth Justice Project is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking, providing an opportunity for students to broaden perspectives and deepen understanding of contemporary youth justice policy and practice. Students will make a group presentation based on their chosen topic in week 10. Project work is supplemented by themed seminars in weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 (see below).
Students will write a dissertation on a criminological topic of their own choice.