Modules for course L3BE | MA/CAL
MA Criminology and Law

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2

  • SXU-4016: Dissertation (60)
    One-on-one supervision tutorials, as determined by the progress of the individual student, to include guidance on identifying and planning an appropriate research topic, investigation and applying relevant theoretical concepts, planning and conducting fieldwork and data collection (where relevant) and presenting the results coherently and in the appropriate format.
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    SCU-4016: Traethawd Hir (60)
    Tiwtorialau goruchwylio un-i-un, fel y pennir gan ddatblygiad y myfyriwr unigol, i gynnwys cyfarwyddyd ar nodi a chynllunio testun ymchwil priodol, ymchwilio a defnyddio cysyniadau damcaniaethol perthnasol, cynllunio a gwneud gwaith maes a chasglu data (lle bo'n berthnasol) a chyflwyno'r canlyniadau'n gydlynol ac yn y ffurf briodol.

60 credits from:

  • SXY-4010: Transnational Crime (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Course Outline Study of Transnational Crime and Policing 2. Study of Terrorism 3. Study of State Crime 4. Study of Organised Crime 5. Group Presentations 6. Reading Week 7. Study of ID theft 8. Group Presentations 9. Study of Trafficking in arms, drugs and people 10. Study of Corporate Crime 11. Study of eCrime 12. Student Presentations 1
  • SXY-4015: Key Issues in Criminology (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXY-4020: Comparative & Intl Crim Just (20) (Semester 2)
    • The promise and problems of Understanding Criminal Justice Comparatively • Review of core aspects of criminal justice with reference to England and Wales • Doing criminal justice differently • Punishment and penal policy across the globe • Victims, victimisation, and criminal justice • Models of criminal justice and their applicability • Forms of international criminal justice – the ICC • Alternative forms of justice – Truths Commissions

Optional Modules

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  • SXL-4026: Forensic Linguistics in Court (20) (Semester 1)
    The language of examination and cross-examination; the language of judge-lawyer communications; the language of judicial summaries; the language of voir dire; the language of expert witnesses; the language of opening and closing speeches to the jury.
  • SXL-4041: International Criminal Law (20) (Semester 2)
    Students taking International Criminal Law will receive a balanced and thorough understanding of the fundamentals of International Criminal Law, with focus on individual criminal responsibility for international crimes. Students will examine the relevant laws and leading cases ranging from the judgements of the International Military Tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo to the explosion of jurisprudence that began with the ad hoc tribunals in the 1990s, but without neglecting cases such as Eichmann, Barbie and Calley from the ‘quiet’ period of the Cold War. They will develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Aggression, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide. Some time will be devoted to the International Law of Armed Conflict, which is essential for a complete understanding of the concept of War Crimes. This course will also provide instruction in fundamental principles underpinning International Criminal Law, such as the rights to fair trial and due process, and other essential concepts of justice such as the principles of legality (nullum crimen, nulla poena sine lege) and double-jeopardy (non bis in idem). Students will learn about the different forms of criminal responsibility as well as defences to crimes, jurisdiction and immunities that may prevent prosecution. It will be a balanced course, with the essential elements of history, theory, law and practice well covered. Students will be taught not just about the content of the rules, but also how to apply them, through examination of contemporary issues and situations of importance in International Law, and case studies. The approach taken in the course encourages critical thinking and reflection, as well the development of a global perspective. As this course is open to MA students as well as LLM students, the content of the course may need to be adjusted depending on the level of legal background of the students.
  • SXL-4042: International Human Rights Law (20) (Semester 1)
    Students taking International Human Rights Law will receive instruction in the history, theory, politics, law and international practice surrounding the concept of human rights, and learn about some of the many controversies. They will learn about how the human rights doctrine fits into the international order, and key legal concepts in human rights law such as jurisdiction, exhaustion of domestic remedies, derogations and margins of appreciation. Students will learn about the visionary Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the system that it inspired. The course will provide students with a thorough understanding of the international and regional systems for protection of human rights. They will, for example, learn about the United Nations, its organs and component parts that deal with human rights. The plan is also to provide students with some knowledge about the substantive content of a number of selected rights, in a comparative context. They will examine some of the many treaties which have been adopted under the auspices of the United Nations as well as various principles and bodies of rules which are not ‘hard law’ but of the ‘soft law’ category. Multimedia will be used, where possible. The approach taken in the course, with its combination of formal teaching, student participation with individual or group activities, and discussion, encourages critical thinking and reflection, as well the development of a global perspective. This will be a balanced course, with the essential elements of history, theory, politics, law and practice well covered.
  • SXL-4045: Int'nl Law of Armed Conflict (20) (Semester 1)
    Students taking SXL-4045 International Law of Armed Conflict will begin their studies with an overview of the distinction between the jus ad bellum and the jus in bello. Whereas the former regulates the resort to force, including the prohibition of use of force and the exceptions to this prohibition, the jus in bello is a distinct part of international law and will form the core part of the course. The jus in bello governs the conduct of hostilities and the protection of human life and dignity in times of armed conflict. We will begin with an introduction to the fundamental principles, such as humanity in war, which underpin legal regulation of conduct in armed conflict. Students will examine the scope and application of the laws of armed conflict, including key notions such as armed conflict itself, and critical distinctions such as international/non-international armed conflict, or civilians/combatants. By familiarising themselves with concepts such as targeting, immunity from attack, loss of immunity from attack and proportionality, students will study about the protection of combatants, civilians, cultural property and the environment as well as means and methods of combat in both international and non-international armed conflicts. There will also be coverage of the implementation and enforcement of the laws of armed conflict, including criminal repression of breaches and State responsibility. The final part of the course will examine current challenges, such as displaced persons and collective security operations, and the impact of international human rights law on these rules applicable in armed conflict, including differences and points of convergence.
  • SXL-4148: Expert Evidence in Court (20) (Semester 2)