- Ms Emma R McClean (Senior Lecturer - Westminster University)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminar||11 x 2 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS||80%|
|Semester Assessment||ORAL PRESENTATION||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||ORAL PRESENTATION OR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED||20%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of the ways in which criminological and sociological perspectives can be applied to the study of war crimes by military personnel;
2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of major theoretical work on war crimes by military personnel;
3. Critically evaluate relevant criminological arguments and evidence;
4. Formulate criminology informed questions with specific reference to relevant issues and debates pertaining to war crimes by military personnel;
5. Employ abstract criminological concepts and use these concepts to express an understanding of specific types of war crimes by military personnel;
6. Demonstrate an ability to gather appropriate information about the subject area from a range of different online and offline sources;
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and relative value of those sources;
8. Demonstrate an ability to construct systematic and coherent written arguments.
Why do some soldiers commit violent crime? What makes some individuals resort to international terrorism to make their political demands? What are the root causes of crimes by corporate soldiers? What types of offences are committed by peacekeeping personnel? Criminology is the scientific study of crime and criminal behaviour. The theatre of war is characterized by different types of military personnel including a state'r armed forces, non-state terrorists, paramilitary groups, corporate soldiers and peace keepers, with different organizational structures and cultures operating under different incentive structures. Using case studies examining a number of different conflicts, this course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the diverse military actors and to examine the major criminological explanations for their crimes.
Part II: Understanding the organizational structure and culture of different types of military organizations
Part III: Case studies
Part IV: Applying theory to concrete situations
Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.
This module is at CQFW Level 7