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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: