Police and Policing (L4105A)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Examine policing in contemporary British society through:

  • a historical exploration of how policing has evolved since the inception of the Metropolitan Police in 1829
  • studying modern day policing through the analysis of relevant theories, practices and policy considerations.

You focus on different types of approaches, contexts and situations. This includes those relating to counter-terrorism, community, political protest, gender, and hate crime.

The police in the UK are often thought of as a monolithic institution. You therefore look at how different policing practices shape media and public perceptions, and how they affect political response.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: