Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Policing and Society (Aut)

Module L4105A

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will examine the topic of policing in contemporary British society. This will be accomplished, at first, through a historical exploration of how policing has evolved since the inception of the Metropolitan Police in 1829, and then move on to look at modern day policing through the analysis of relevant theories, practices and policy considerations. There will be a focus on different types of approaches, contexts and situations, such as those relating to counter-terrorism, community, political protest, gender, and hate crime, amongst others. The police in the UK are more often than not thought of as a monolithic institution, thus how different policing practices shape media and public perceptions, and as a result how they affect political response, will also be explored.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of policing as an area of criminological study

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of empirical research on policing

Apply theoretical arguments on policing to empirical examples, in order to critically analyse these examples

Evaluate evidence from criminological studies of policing, including the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of these studies

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayXvac Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111110111111

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Dean Wilson

Assess convenor, Convenor

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