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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5005M New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Camilo Tamayo Gomez

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Security, conflict and justice are important and highly inter-related research fields that have attracted significant academic attention and debate. They are also fields that are constantly reshaped by factors that include: new socio-economic contexts and political realities; new local and global (in)securities; shifting patterns of development and deprivation; cultural change; and, technological advances. Drawing upon cross-disciplinary expertise from within criminology, law, politics and international studies, this module introduces students to cutting-edge research at the frontiers of security, conflict and justice. It will examine the latest research developments in these fields and will also explore these fields’ points of intersection. The content of this module will vary each year to capture latest developments within these changing research landscapes, whether in terms of new knowledge, new theories, new practices or new methodological advances.


To consider recent developments in security, conflict and justice, as well as the relationship between these research fields;
To engage with cross-disciplinary perspectives on security, conflict and justice, developing awareness of their research treatment within criminology, law, politics and international studies;
To understand the intersection of local, national, transnational and global dimensions of security, conflict and justice;
To develop awareness of how security, conflict and justice are being re-shaped and re-conceptualised as topics for academic research.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

- recognise how the research fields of security, conflict and justice are being re-shaped and re-conceptualised;
- appreciate diverse research perspectives regarding issues of security, conflict and justice;
- develop critical awareness that recognizes both the challenges to orthodox theories regarding security, conflict and justice, as well as interconnections between these research fields;
- demonstrate capacity to engage with a cross-disciplinary range of literature and approaches to security, conflict and justice.


Introduction: New Frontiers of Security, Conflict and Justice;
Policing, Security and Governance;
Technologies, Crime and Justice;
International, Comparative and Transnational Criminal Justice;
Global Development and Justice;
International Relations and Security;
Responsibility to Protect / Responsibility to Prosecute;
Security, Conflict and Justice from Below.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to do a significant amount of guided, private study in preparation for each of the seven seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/10/2019


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