Crimes of the Powerful

Module code: CR3006

The relationship between power and abuse is a central theme within this module, as is the relationship between power imbalances in society, and the crimes that can occur as a consequence.

You’ll be interpreting power broadly, looking at examples of power exploitations at the state and organisational level (including war crime, corporate crime and the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church), as well as  addressing the often neglected gender-based power offences (including rape, domestic abuse and ‘honour’ crime). The module examines power differentials that exist amongst men and women, state actors and citizens, and how these are embedded and reproduced within law and policy responses. 

Throughout the module you’ll be considering the extent of power-based crimes. This includes the nature of those who commit them, the factors that cause them and an analysis of how we should (and currently do) respond – at the individual, national and international levels.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour practical
  • 0.5 hour tutorial
  • 120.5 hours of guided independent study


  • Presentation (100%)