Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Drugs and Crime
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (Unseen)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  (2,500 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Essay Outline  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (Unseen)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2,500 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay Outline  10%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand and apply detailed knowledge of legislation, legal instruments, case law, sentencing policies related to the prosecution of drug related crime/trafficking.

2. Understand and analyse critically the individual and societal impact of drug use, supply and trafficking.

3. Analyze, assess, and evaluate critically relevant data and research materials, and where appropriate use the information to develop and predict policy implementations and outcomes.

4. Engage in detailed discussion and present reasoned and evidence based argument.

Brief description

The relationship between drugs and crime is broad and multi-faceted and is a constant and ever present social problem that impacts all levels of society. This module will consider in some depth the many aspects of the topic that exemplify this problem.


Consideration will be given to, but not limited to: International drug trafficking ( with particular consideration given to Mexican drug cartels), the ‘War on Drugs’, drug abuse and crime, drug related legislation and sentencing policies and consequences, drug use prevention and treatment, topical issues (e.g. opioid crisis).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Seminar discussions will develop individual and group presentation and oral argument.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar preparation and exam will develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding, evaluating and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and in developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and online research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Recommended topic for any considering working in the legal/criminal justice/criminology field.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate. Analysis and evaluation of policies.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and exam.
Subject Specific Skills Reading, understanding and evaluating legal and social science materials particular to the fields of law/criminal justice/criminology.
Team work Group activities, discussion and debate in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 6