In this module, you’ll examine border criminology, which is the study of the intersection of border control and criminal justice. You’ll get to grips with key issues around:
- citizenship and belonging.
You’ll investigate core developments of border criminology, including:
- immigration removal centres
- foreign national prisons
- policing of borders.
You’ll gain key critical skills, as you explore debates surrounding immigration, punishment and national identity. You’ll examine the institutions concerned with border control, and the increasing use of punishment and force around immigration control in the UK and abroad.
Equity and Trusts
In this module, you’ll explore Equity (fairness in the law). You’ll also investigate trusts, which exist to regulate situations where someone cares for another person’s affairs.
You’ll engage with Equity, and equitable remedies. You’ll also dive into trusts in all their forms. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse private trusts, and how they generate equitable interests. You’ll then consider the key features of charitable trusts. You’ll explore:
- the administration of trusts
- the powers and duties of trustees
- breach of trust
- the law of tracing.
Picturing the Criminal: From Mugshot to Fine Art
In this module, you’ll study images of crime, including:
- the world’s most troubling mugshots
- early crime-scene photographs
- bloody and brutal paintings
- criminal courtroom artworks.
Seeing and picturing is a key way of understanding crime. You’ll get to grips with the fast-growing field of visual criminology. You’ll discover the importance of images at the birth of criminology, and how they perpetuate stereotypes about race and gender. You’ll also consider why, because of this, criminologists have been sceptical about working with images.
You’ll have the rare chance to go behind the scenes, and visit Western-Europe’s most unique visual arts and social scientific-imaging collections, held in Oxford at:
- the Pitt Rivers Museum
- the Ashmolean Museum.
The Prison and Imprisonment
Should we punish prisoners, or support them to re-enter society? In this module, you’ll dive into the key issues of prisons. You’ll consider modern prisons, globally and historically. And you’ll examine prisons through:
- prison staff
- wider society.
You'll trace the evolution of the prison - from the rehabilitative ideal of the post-war period, to the greater focus on punishment today. You’ll look at how political parties use prison policies to win votes, rather than reduce crime.
You’ll dive into the inner workings of prisons, from governance to administration. You’ll look at the routines of prison life, and how prisoners cope with, and give meaning to them. You’ll consider sentence progression for different types of prisoners. And you’ll explore how well prisons prepare inmates for life after release.
Carnival of Pleasures
Why do people enjoy committing crimes? How might crime offer identity and purpose? In this module, you’ll explore the role of:
in criminal acts. You’ll think about the multiple meanings and actions that crime holds for different people across time. You’ll consider the social benefits of crimes and resistance to the law. And you’ll explore how different interpretations of crime might affect crime control and criminal justice.
Computer Law and Artificial Intelligence
The internet rules society. In a vastly digital age, lawyers really need to understand technology and the legal challenges it presents. In this module, you’ll examine the legal issues of current internet technologies and hardware. You’ll gain key technical knowledge, as you evaluate the regulatory systems of these technologies, and how they affect society. You’ll explore how digital technologies challenge copyright law. And you’ll be introduced to some of the legal issues relating to the use of artificial intelligence.
Dealing with Drugs: Control and Intoxication
In this module, you’ll bust some key assumptions around psychoactive drugs. You’ll look at why we use them and how we control them in society. You’ll investigate:
and policy insights, to explore the relationship between drug use, individuals and public morality. You’ll gain key critical skills as you debate drug policies, and how we can lessen the harm of substance abuse. You’ll look at alternative ways to regulate drugs than our current ‘war on drugs’ mentality. And you’ll explore the future of synthetic drugs.
How do we prevent discrimination against race and sexual orientation in the law? In this module, you’ll focus on the Equality Act 2010, and other legislation on:
- sexual orientation
- disability discrimination
- equal pay.
You’ll explore how courts interpret the Equality Act, and how it impacts the workplace. You’ll look at how it interacts with the law of the European Commission (EC), and how we might extend equality law. You’ll gain valuable critical skills for your career, as you ask:
- what difference the Equality Act has made
- who benefits (and does not benefit) from the act
- what we can do in the future to improve protection.
Independent Study Module
This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll work independently, with the support of our expert academic team, and will carry out work on a specific project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:
International Human Rights Law
How can we effectively protect human rights? In this module, you’ll get to grips with international human rights law. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse arguments and ideas about human rights, and the ideas behind them. You’ll also consider their current legal and political meaning through examining:
- relevant laws
- current debates
- case studies.
This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. Over the course of your final year, you’ll work independently on a research project, with the help of an expert academic supervisor. Your dissertation will grow out of your specific passion, and you’ll gain excellent self-discipline and organisational skills for work. You’ll gain core skills for your career, including:
- critical analysis
- planned and focused writing.
If you’re a combined honours student, you’ll be able to write a dissertation on both of your chosen subject areas
Law in Action
In this module, you’ll gain core practical experience in law, as you apply your knowledge and skills to a practical legal activity. You’ll gain fantastic skills for work and boost your legal career, as you do a placement in an environment related to legal work. You’ll understand how to transfer your law studies from an academic discipline, to practicing it in the real world.
In this module, you’ll get to grips with the structure of the NHS. You’ll explore topics such as:
- access to health care
- autonomy and consent
- accountability and negligence
- birth and its regulation
- death, dying and the incurably ill patient.
Nationality, Immigration and Asylum
In this module, you’ll get to grips with nationality and immigration law, and what it reveals about British society. You’ll examine the key issues and policies around nationality, national identity and migration. You’ll gain a firm understanding of migration in the UK and abroad, as you debate critical issues of today. You’ll also consider current UK law, and the historical, social and political factors that have shaped it.
Children, Parents and the State
How does the law deal with child abduction, and disputes over children? How can the state protect children who may be victims of abuse within their own families? In this module, you’ll get to grips with law relating to parents, children and the state. You’ll dive into law reports, as you look critically at the legal concepts around:
- relationships between parents and children
- the relevance of the state to parents and children.
- parental responsibility
- resolution of disputes over children
- child protection
- child abduction
You’ll gain vital skills in legal reasoning as you learn legal analysis techniques, and how to answer problem questions.