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Borders, Migration and Criminal Justice (Level 5)


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 2500-word essay (100%)

Module description

This module offers an introduction to the emerging field of study known as border criminology, which considers the shifting nature of criminal justice under conditions of mass mobility. It examines the connections between security, migration control, criminal justice, and penality, while paying attention to issues of race, gender and class in how different jurisdictions respond to and govern human mobility. The module provides an overview of criminological theories, methodologies and debates for understanding such topics as immigration detention, deportation, border policing, ‘crimmigration’ law and the imprisonment of foreign-nationals, both in the UK and elsewhere. This optional module will provide you with an opportunity to critically consider an emerging area of criminological theory and research that has generated much interest and scholarship over the past two decades.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of different border control and citizenship practices both in the UK and internationally
    • demonstrate comprehension of the key concepts, principles, policies, and range of practices related to migration and border control from criminological perspectives
    • analyse and assess the tensions between state sovereignty, mass mobility, globalisation and inequality
    • identify key critiques of contemporary border and migration control practices
    • demonstrate an appreciation of the social, historical, political, cultural, and economic contexts of recent trends in migration and its control
    • identify the strengths and weaknesses of criminology and criminal justice perspectives to understanding issues of migration, citizenship, and border control
    • engage with different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to understand their purposes, functions and effects
    • cultivate a critical stance by posing thoughtful questions, carefully interrogating assumptions and considering alternative perspectives
    • appreciate the importance of social and cultural contexts for understanding social policy and practice.