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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Criminal Evidence and Procedure
Discover the aims and values of our criminal justice system, and learn how the law balances the defendant’s interests with respect for victims and witnesses.
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.
This module covers the study of relationship formation and breakdown, the cohabiting family, same sex relationships, the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and children. You'll experience applying the practical aspects of family law to problem questions.
This module offers a critical examination of the role of law in the workplace. You'll consider the protection offered to those in work by employment law, the operation of work contracts, remedies available to wronged workers and the law on discrimination in the workplace.
Cyberterrorism and Extremism
Look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and learn what’s meant by 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.
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.