|Semester 2 2024-25
The police hold a particular fascination for all of us - whether it is through TV series or popular fiction, the British police are culturally symbolic. To some the police represent positive social values of fairness and justice through their role as upholders of the law. For others the police have a less positive image - one that can be sexist and racist in its pursuit of its goals. The module will encourage students to adopt a critical understanding of key issues and policies in relation to contemporary policing including addressing questions such as:
Who polices the police?
Are the police racist?
How do different styles of policing impact on crime?
What do we mean by 'cop culture', discretion and discrimination in relation to policing?
Why does it seem so difficult to reform the police?
The module takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the police, including the historical, social, political, legal and cultural aspects of policing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply these themes to specific types of crime that they are interested in.
By the end of the course, students who have attended the lectures and workshops and also undertaken complementary reading will:
Understand the historical context within which contemporary policing has developed
Be in a position to analyse theories and policies relevant to policing and the police
Be able to reflect critically on trends and practices in policing
Have an in depth understanding of policing in relation to one particular type of crime
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Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.
Newburn, T. (2003) Handbook of policing, Cullompton, Willan
Newburn, T. (2004) Policing: key readings, Cullompton, Willan
Reiner, R. (2000) Politics of the Police (3rd ed), Oxford, OUP
Newburn, T. (Sept. 2008) Handbook of policing (2nd ed), Cullompton, Willan
Rowe, M. (2008) Introduction to policing, London, Sage