20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module explores the relationships between race, ethnicity and the criminal justice system. This module considers the concepts of race and ethnicity in wider socio-political contexts, including the roles of unconscious bias, media and institutional racism. The module will examine how race and ethnicity impact the functioning of key criminal justice institutions including police, prosecution, defence, judges and juries, and explores mechanisms for holding these institutions accountable for racial and ethnic disparities, inequality and differences in outcomes. This module draws on critical criminological theories, critical race theory, and empirical evidence from England and Wales, the United States of America and other jurisdictions.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to law students

Staff Contact: tbc
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Student group presentation - 20%

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