Currently thaught modules

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Introduction to Criminology

The module introduces the student to criminology, the control of crime and to some of the key criminological theories and methods. It intends to develop the students’ criminological and theoretical imagination by demonstrating that crime and its control is the intricate inter-relationship between the state, the offender, the public and the victim. The module also provides conceptual frameworks that will enable the student to make connections with ideas encountered in other modules.


Criminological theory

This module looks at the philosophical ideas that underpin much criminological theoretical thought. It introduces the student to the main theoretical debates occurring within the discipline of criminology. It examines the three broad levels of criminological explanation: the individual, the situational, and the structural. Thus, the different theories within criminology that locate their main explanation for criminal behaviour at one (or more) of these levels are explored. 


Contemporary issues in Crime and THE CJS

The module exposes participants to a range of substantive criminology and criminal justice issues at the forefront of the disciplines and aims to engage them with contemporary debates surrounding criminal behaviour and responses to it. The module also provides students with the opportunity to further their critical thinking and research skills developed during their undergraduate studies.


Understanding and preventing corruption

This module focuses on the theoretical understanding of why individuals and organisations commit corrupt acts. Most theoretical approaches that explain corruption fall under the disciplines of political science, law and economics with some reference to sociology and/or criminology. This module combines all of these approaches to address this imbalance but expands on the theoretical frameworks currently used in the corruption literature and helps broaden the discussion on why and how individuals, organisations and states commit corrupt acts.


Ethics in
Criminal Justice

This module aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of ethics in criminal justice, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. You will study the key perspectives on ethics, and apply them to a range of criminal justice contexts, such as policing, prisons, terrorism, and children in the criminal justice system. The module will include a comparative element and you will also learn about ethical perspectives in action in the United States and other jurisdictions where relevant.



The aim of this module is to enable either students to develop the necessary skills to undertake an independent piece of primary research appropriate to their area of practice. The course will develop the ability to use theoretical and empirical concepts, search and critically analyse and synthesise the literature, use appropriate research designs and methods of analysis, establish, sustain and conclude arguments, and demonstrate excellence in written communication skills. 

Stand-alone lectures

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Basic risk management

The only alternative to risk management is crisis management, and crisis management is much more expensive, time consuming and potentially embarrassing. Without good risk management, resources may not be be managed efficiently. Risk management means more than preparing for the worst; it also means taking advantage of opportunities.

The Perception of corruption

Corruption is a global problem and of all the issues faced by society it is one of the most difficult to properly address and the Member States of the EU are not immune to this reality. Declared intentions are still too distant from concrete results, and genuine political will to eradicate corruption often appears to be missing.  

Crisis management capabilities

The term ‘Crisis Management’ has its origins in the Cold War era. Naturally crisis has been dealt with before that but the events at the time coined the term. Crisis incidents are systemic in nature, comprised of both social and technical aspects. Hence, effective management requires a seamless merger of theoretical knowledge and practical capabilities.


The art of academic success

This is a very short presentation of a simple way to achieve academic success. It matter less if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, even for a PhD, the advice still applies. Follow the three steps below and you are guaranteed to improve learning, thinking, and ultimately, academic performance. If academic success is something you strive for - this is the way!

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More to come...

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grounded theory fundamentals

Key concepts of the qualitative methodology Grounded Theory described in an accessible yet comprehensive format, coming soon.  

Recommended Security Management books

Risk, Crisis and Security Management

This book has two aims. First, to consider how risk, crisis and security, may be linked in an organisational context. Second, to review the role of, simulation and gaming in responding to these phenomena. Historically, risk has been an established concept of academic interest for some time in both the pure and social sciences. Risk however, remains a subject of intense social and political controversy. How we manage risk appears to dominate every debate from providing social services such as health, transport and public safety to the regulation of corporate activity. Debates about the theory and practice of security management are less developed. This book will inform the debate by considering the relationships between risk and security.

Security and Risk Management: Critical Reflections and International PerspectiveS

This book incorporates the very latest research into an array of contemporary security and risk management related problems, providing both interesting perspectives and new insights into how organisations can better protect themselves and perform. It is an essential reading for those responsible for managing security and risk, security professionals, decision makers and students in the fields of security, risk, crisis, policing, criminology and international security. The topics covered in this first volume include: crisis and emergency management; resilience; insider threat; security failure analysis; countering fraud and corruption; organised crime; security risk management; criminal justice; policing; organisational learning and regulation.  

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language.

Well-known for its authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, and tone that will result in strong, simple, and elegant scientific communication.

Recommended general books

Drive- The surprising truth about what motivates us

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. As Daniel H. Pink explains in this paradigm-shattering book, the true secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Greats lovers tell us about probability? And; why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives. from bestsellers to world disasters Their impact is huge; theyre impossible to. predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them A rallying cry to ignore the experts. The Black Swan shows us how to stop trying to predict everything - and take advantage of uncertainty.

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us

If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, you'd notice it. Wouldn't you? If a serious violent crime took place just next to you, you'd remember it, right? The Invisible Gorilla is a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.