Contemporary Issues and Debates in Criminology
The module engages with a range of issues and debates in contemporary criminology.
Contributions to the module will be made by a number of guest speakers with experience in the criminal justice system and related areas of practice as well as from members of staff in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and other schools in the University.
The issues and debates covered in the course of the module will vary from year so the following list is provided for illustrative purposes only:
- The political economy of crime and justice in an age of austerity
- Defining and responding to 'hate crime'
- Pluralised policing
- Prosecuting complex cases
- Mental health in prisons
- State crime, human rights and transitional justice
- 'Whole life' sentences
Criminology in Practice
This module offers you the opportunity to spend some time with an organisation working in a field related to crime, victimisation or criminal justice (a 'criminal justice organisation').
The organisation may be in the public, private or third sectors and you will be able to get a sense of the way in which the issues you have encountered in your academic studies are experienced and addressed in practice. In some cases you may also be able to contribute in a practical way to the work of the organisation.
The academic element of the module focuses on encouraging you to reflect on your experiences observing and contributing to the work of the organisation with which you have spent time in the light of a relevant body of criminological literature and what you have learnt in other contexts.
Criminology: Questioning Theories
The module considers a range of theoretical and conceptual issues in criminology relating to the nature and scope of criminology as a discipline as well as recent developments in criminological theory. The work discussed during the course of the module will be at the forefront of the discipline.
Research Methods and Research Management
This module provides a general introduction to a range of key issues in the design and conduct of social research, plus guidance on writing both a dissertation proposal and a dissertation. The module combines more formal taught sessions with practical exercises, some of which are group-based.
By the end of the module you will be equipped with the methodological and practical skills to carry out independent research using a variety of research designs and methods.
Dissertation in Criminology (MA only)
The module is based on a structured series of meetings between you and your supervisor, the aim of which is to support you in planning, carrying out and writing up a piece of independent research on a criminological topic of your own choosing, subject to the approval of the programme director.
You will choose 40 credits of optional modules from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, or schools/departments across the University, subject to approval.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.