LLM Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

Teaching and assessment (2018-19): Semester 2, 1 x 6,000 word essay

Module description:

Indicative seminar topics:

  • Law Enforcement: Aims, Models and Approaches
  • Street Policing
  • Detention and Interrogation
  • Deaths in Custody
  • Prosecution and Plea Bargaining
  • Courts and Appeals
  • Crime, Criminalisation and Social Harm
  • Anti-Social Behaviour, Risk Management and Social Harm
  • Regulatory Crime, Power and (Non-)Criminalisation
  • Writing criminal justice from a critical perspective

This module explores, in particular, the early stages of the criminal justice system. The focus will be on England and Wales, but comparative material will be used where appropriate. The module is explicitly socio-legal. This means it is concerned not only with the law relating to enforcement, but how this law operates in reality and why, the impact of this on suspect populations, and prospects for reform.