This module introduces students to the basic research and essay writing skills required when studying Criminology in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will address topics such as efficient use of library and information & careers services, active reading and note-taking, accurate referencing, understanding and benefiting from assessment, effective group working and presentation skills, developing skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning, and maximising the learning benefits of reflection and self-evaluation.
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 examines contemporary approaches to the punishment of crime, taking account of the history and philosophy of criminal justice responses to offending behaviour, especially within prisons. It considers the purpose and justification for different forms of punishment in modern society, including the death penalty; prisoner experiences including solitary confinement and prisoner rape; as well as critically analysing the treatment of different types of offenders, paying particular attention to disadvantaged/marginalised social groups. The module also examines `newer¿ forms of criminality including peer to peer abuse and online child sex abuse and considers the difficulties that presently exist in successfully identifying and punishing these types of offending behaviours.
This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases. The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.
This module is compulsory for Criminology and Criminal Justice students and available to joint Social Policy students. It will be delivered via a series of 10 lectures over a 5 week period in TB2. The module builds on the knowledge and skills gained form the ASC208: Research Methods module and introduces students to the research and essay writing skills required to produce a dissertation in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will be used to prepare students for the task of completing their dissertation. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group work; and the development of skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning.
The module explores the relationship between substance use and crime. Throughout the module, the ways in which the criminal justice system responds to the problems presented by drug and alcohol-related offending is assessed. In addition, students are given the opportunity to offer alternative approaches to dealing with substance use offenders.
The course offers students the opportunity to examine and explore the multiple issues that shape our understanding of sex and the laws and policies that govern sex work. Theoretical debates are entered into and sex work is considered on a European and global basis.
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