Currently thaught modules
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.
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.
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.
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.