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Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime

Overview of the unit

Unit code: LAW20032
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Contact hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to enable students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the problems with sentencing decision-making and the role of artificial intelligence in sentencing. Students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role of big data in law enforcement and how the internet is increasingly used as both a tool to commit and detect crime. A key aspect of the unit involves analysing the role that technology can have in developing new criminal sanctions, especially in the context of alternatives to prison and community corrections orders.

Content

This unit explores the topics of problems with sentencing decision-making and the role of artificial intelligence in sentencing, law enforcement and artificial intelligence, technology, crime detection and threats to privacy and other rights, the internet and the commission of crime, big data as an aid in detecting crime and crypto networks and crime. Students will also learn about technology and criminal sanctions, the internet and prisoner access and usage, monitoring offenders using technology and technological sanctions as a substitute to incarceration.