module specification

SS7067 - Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Community Policing Responses to Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 200
170 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay
Coursework 50%   Essay
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The module delves into the causes of Islamic radicalisation that leads onto violent extremism and terrorism. It considers a range of community-focused responses that can be provided by police organisations. In particular it weighs the strengths and weaknesses of multiculturalism as an effective antidote to radicalisation and violent extremism that lead to terrorism.

Module aims

In this module students will examine a variety of approaches to and applications of community policing models. These vary widely from state to state depending on how political, social and security structures have evolved. The module then moves on to explore the application of community policing principles to the successful combating of radicalisation and violent extremism leading to terrorism. The module adopts a practice-based approach to exploring the subject matter with case study examples and reference to government policy and strategy documents. Students will required to take a critical and analytical approach to the topics discussed, considering the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods described. The module seeks to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of community policing models and how they can be applied in an operational setting. The module concentrates on community policing as a tool to combat violent extremism and terrorism.


  1. Introduction to key concept of community policing
  2. Survey of recent approaches to delivery of community policing.
  3. Review their successes and failures
  4. Outlining broader community efforts to counter VERLT
  5. Outline and evaluate the concept of multiculturalism.
  6. Compare and contrast contemporary global community responses to tackling VERLT.

Learning and teaching

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions which will take place online, in which students are encouraged to explore the Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security. Students draw upon case studies. Module materials will be made available online. For the distance learning, this module will be delivered through the use of distance learning strategies as follows:

  • E-learning: delivered using computers utilising internet technology and programming which allows the student to interact with the learning materials via chat rooms, online office hours and notice boards..
  • Written materials: Students will be provided with written materials such as articles in electronic format (e.g. pdf files).
  • Students will be required to complete a weekly Workbook involving key questions, exercises and tasks relating to the week’s lecture.

Students will be encouraged to think critically and formative feedback will provided from the first assessment prior to attempting the second assessment.

Learning outcomes

  • Define the concept of community policing
  • Explain how community policing models work
  • List the key components of a successful community policing programme
  • Evaluate  how community policing approaches can support wider strategies aimed at combating violent extremism and terrorism
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of national strategies on combating violent extremism and terrorism

Assessment strategy

Students to write two essays of 2,500 words each. Essay 1 will focus on a comparison on exploring and comparing different definitions and realisations of community policing and community engagement by the police service.   Essay 2 will focus on critically discussing the effectiveness of applying these initiatives to the threat from violent extremism leading to radicalisation.


Cronin, A.K. (2009) How Terrorism Ends. NJ, Princeton University Press
Kepel, G & Roberts, A. F. (2006) The Trail of Political Islam, London, I. B. Tauris & Co
Ramadan, T. (2009) Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation, NY, Oxford University Press