Sociology and Criminology
Police and Policing
Module code: L4105A
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework
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.
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