module specification

SS8071 - Policing and Society in Context (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20, but may be subject to modification
Module title Policing and Society in Context
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
150 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   5000 word essay
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Week -
Summer studies North Week All day

Module summary

 This module ensures that candidates have an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical contexts within which policing, security and community safety are constructed.


 This module will cover 

policing theories and styles; LO1

policing philosophies; LO1

governance and accountability; LO2

setting the policing agenda; LO3, LO4

policing communities (neighbourhood policing) LO4

policing in partnership and policing society (protective services) LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Taught lectures, presentations and group discussion = 30%
and individual reflection study and preparation = 70%
This module will be delivered as a long-weekend short course comprising lectures and seminars disucssions and based on a collaborative process involving students' active participation.  Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves. Continued support and guidance will be offered during coursework and assessment. Discussion topics which,besides developing the students, will provide ongoing feedback.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, students will

1. Have a critical awareness of policing theories and philosophies
2. Be able to identify of methods and structures of governance and accountability
3. Understand and appraise different models and style of policing within changing society
4. Evaluate the policing agenda as policing responds to societal changes

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by a 5000 word essay that will enable students to show a critical awareness of the wide range of policing strategies and theoretical debates in relation to the wider political, socio-cultural and economic contexts.


 Identify core and additional reading
Liaise with Library Services to confirm availability of on-line licenses in academic year

Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.

Ashworth A , 2002, Human Rights, Serious Crime and Criminal Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell)
Docking , 2003, Public Perceptions of Police Accountability and Decision-Making (Home Office)
Home Office, 2001, Policing a New Century (Cm 5326, TSO)
Home Office, 2003, Involving the Public: the Role of Police Authorities (TSO)
Jones J &  Newburn T  (eds), 2006, Plural Policing: A Comparative Perspective (Routledge)
Klenig ,J 1996, The Ethics of Policing, (CUP)
Lawton , A 1998, Ethical Management for the Public Services (Open University Press)
Loader I & Mulcahy A 2003, Policing and the Condition of England: Memory, Politics and Culture (OUP)
MacPherson M, 1999, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry (HMSO)
Macvean and P Neyroud 2012 Police Ethics and Values (Learning Matters)
Mitsilegas V et al, 2003, The European Union and Internal Security: Guardian of the People? (Palgrave MacMillan)
Myhill  A et al, 2003, The Role of Police Authorities in Public Engagement (Home Office)
Newburn T (ed), 2005, Policing: Key Readings (Willan)
Neyroud P &  Beckley A  2001, Policing, Ethics and Human Rights (Willan)
Reiner ,R  2002, The Politics of the Police (3rd edition, Harvester Wheatsheaf)
Rogers , C 2006, Crime Reduction Partnerships, (OUP)