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 is intended to give students a foundation in research methods that are relevant to the study of Criminology. Teaching will focus on current issues in criminology and criminal justice, notably research led by staff within the Criminology Department, and, through the module, students will be 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 in order to understand important themes in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the different ways they are presented. The module is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking, providing an opportunity for students to broaden perspectives, deepen understanding of contemporary criminal justice issues and to consolidate and apply research-related skills that they have thus far learnt during their studies. .
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 explores crimes of the state from an international perspective and provides a theoretical understanding of global law and human rights. It offers a critical evaluation of contemporary conflicts and power struggles, in addition to reviewing historical cases of genocide, state-sponsored violence and organised crime. The module also takes into account Western intervention in volatile political situations and the implications on social development. There is a particular focus upon crimes of the state against women and marginalised groups. Finally, the role of global organisations is discussed in relation to combating corruption and human rights violations such as torture, human trafficking and modern day slavery.
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 will provide students with a critical and thorough knowledge of youth justice and critical issues that are facing the youth justice system and those who come into contact with it. Through the module, the ways that law, policy and practice have evolved to enable forms of 'youth justice' will be explored, with a focus upon providing not just theoretical perspectives, but understandings of the way that 'youth justice' operates in an applied context.
The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.