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AI in Justice Systems: Theory and Research

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Pamela Ugwudike
Academic year

Module overview

This thought-provoking course introduces students to the AI technologies, and more broadly, the algorithms currently informing criminal justice policy and practice in contemporary justice systems. Theory and research from the fields of criminology and sociology are used to explore the complex role of the technologies. Students are also introduced to digital research methods for researching criminological and sociological topics to influence criminal justice policy. Additionally, the module considers the methodological and ethical issues that arise when researching topics such as online radicalisation and victimisation, for criminal justice policy impact.

While the module focuses on England and Wales, in order to deepen students’ appreciation of the merits and demerits of AI technologies and algorithms more broadly, and perceive common problems inherent in the technologies, international comparisons are embedded throughout the module.

Participation in this module does not require prior knowledge of how algorithms are operationalised or their technical dimensions. The module focuses on criminological and sociological perspectives on their use and their broader social, political, and cultural implications.