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LAW6129   Policing and Society   (15 credits)

Year Running: 2017/2018
Credit level: F7
Additional Information   Cannot take LAW117, LAW385, LAW3021 in same semester.


The aim of the module is to explore relationships between the police, citizens and their wider socio-political context. After all, the police are the 'litmus paper' for the unfolding dynamics of society. The module starts by familiarising students with key concepts, such as discretion, coercion and accountability. The module then goes to explore in-depth the history of policing, theories of policing, police powers and citizens' rights, community policing and patterns of policing in late-modern global societies, including civilianisation, privatisation and transnationalisation. This module draws partly on empirical evidence from England and Wales and other common law jurisdictions, but is also grounded in sociological theories about policing and society.


Reading List

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Teaching Methods

Delivery Type Hours
Independent 136.0
Other 2.0
Seminar 12.0

Methods of assessment

Assessment Type Duration % of formal assessment Semester
Course Work 0.0 100 % S2