This course introduces you to the origins and definitions of all types of offences against the person and sexual offences and the ways they have been approached by prosecuting bodies, sentencing tribunals and enforcement agencies. You will explore how the law has developed in relation to defences and mitigation and political pressures towards extending the tests of ‘reasonableness’ within self-defence. You will also be introduced to conceptual aspects of our understanding of what terrorism actually is and some of the strategies employed to combat it. The impact of preventative, legal and proactive strategies will also be investigated, along with the role of the media and internet in radicalisation and recruitment. The historical concepts and levels of acceptance of drug use and the way addiction and treatment are managed and at what cost to the community will also be explored alongside the impact of preventative strategies with concepts of sentencing, mandatory drugs testing and the associated legal and social issues.