All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.
Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).
Study the topic of evil from a number of diverse disciplinary perspectives, including theology, religion, philosophy, race and gender studies, narratology, culture, literary studies, film studies, psychoanalysis, politics, social psychology, anthropology, sociology and criminology. This is an interesting, challenging module that requires a lot of reflection.
Criminal Justice and Community Safety Placements
You will take part in a proactive work placement where you experience the nature and range of work undertaken by the police and other criminal justice agencies. This provides you with a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help enhance your employability.
Green Criminology is the study of environmental crime, corporate, white collar and state crime. It includes crimes against animals and transnational organised crime, in addition to food crime and food security, the illegal trades in wild flora and fauna and the impacts of climate change upon all types of crime, to name just a few.
Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data Analysis
This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.
Surveillance and Social Control
You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a surveillance society and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.
Drug Use Today
You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.
Study debates about how society should decide whether any activity should be defined as a criminal offence. You'll learn how to research and write a report advising a government committee on whether a certain type of conduct should be prohibited through criminal law.
Evidence and the Criminal Trial
Histories of punishment
You will study the history of punishment and penal policy between the mid-eighteenth and the early twentieth century. You will examine public punishments, notably execution, transportation overseas, the birth of the prison, the operation of the Victorian penal system and the ways in which different offenders have been punished. You'll explore how these things have changed over time - for example, in the case of female offenders and juvenile offenders.
Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Peelers: Crime and Policing, 1750-1950
You will study how society has conceived of the ‘problem of crime’, as well as public perceptions and responses to it from 1750 to 1950. You will examine crime, offending and crime control mechanisms examining for example, the 'criminal classes', juvenile delinquency, prostitution, rural crime and the development of policing.
Transnational Organised Crime
Become familiar with the historic and contemporary theories and concepts that inform our understanding of transnational organised crime (TOC). You will work on an individual and a group basis to consider a range of contemporary areas of transnational crime, including the trade in illegal drugs and arms; people trafficking for the sex trade and forced labour; cybercrime and online child abuse; terrorism; corporate crime; and environmental and wildlife crimes.
Learning Together - Desistance from Crime
Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.
Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology
You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, critically analysing their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.
You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly, and black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.
Philosophy of Law
You will learn how to critically explore themes on contemporary philosophy of law from different theoretical perspectives, including positivism, natural law, feminist jurisprudence, law and economics.
Medicine, Ethics and the Law
This module gives you the opportunity to get to grips with hugely controversial issues which often make the headlines. You'll explore the ethical controversies behind the legal principles of topics such as abortion, assisted dying and the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.
European Human Rights Protection
Develop critical understanding of the nature of European human rights law, gain the ability to identify and evaluate aspects of human rights law and learn to apply human rights law to research questions and actual cases.
Sex(uality), Gender and the Law
Develop a critical overview of key aspects in the field of sex, sexuality, gender, religion and the law. You'll explore opportunities for the study and evaluation of the latest research, enhancing your understanding of inclusion, exclusion and the situatedness of knowledge.