Study the law of criminal evidence with a focus on the balance between the interests of the defendant, and respect for victims and witnesses. You'll study the right to a fair trial, the process of collecting evidence and the adversarial system, with a focus on hearsay and character evidence.
International Protection of Human Rights
Develop your understanding of the nature of UN human rights law. You'll gain the ability to evaluate aspects of human rights and understand the application of human rights law to actual cases.
You'll critically analyse the purpose of punishment and, through active discussions and debate, consider whether our penal system is currently fit for purpose. Topics include prisoners' rights, women offenders, sex offenders and the juvenile secure estate.
Experience law in practice, advising real clients with real problems, researching legal issues and writing letters of advice under the supervision of professionally-qualified members of staff.
Medical Law and Ethics
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.
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The module has two distinct sections. The first examines the historical and theoretical context of alternative dispute resolution, focusing especially on mediation. The second introduces students to mediation skills via practical workshops based around role-play scenarios.
Laws of War
Consider important and topical questions around the legal regulation of hostilities and the mitigation of their effects. You'll study topics such as the identification and classification of conflict, participation in hostilities, civilian targeting and protection and weaponry.
Cyberterrorism and Extremism
The work you will do reflects real-world practice as you look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and discuss and debate key terms such as ‘cyber’, 'radicalisation', 'terrorism', ‘extremism’ and 'violent extremism'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern Day Slavery in the UK
Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018). You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured.
Sex Work, Policy and Crime
Consider the cultural, social and political issues regarding involvement in the commercial sex industry. Though lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to new ways of considering why people buy and sell sexual services in the UK and internationally.
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.