module specification

SS8071 - Policing and Society in Context (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, 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
264 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Groupwork in house module
Coursework 50%   Individual assignment
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North - Not applicable

Module summary

Consideration of police and their role in society, from the viewpoint of both police pratitioner and the public.

This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 13  March to  to 15 March 2015

Prior learning requirements

Completion of 1) Research Methods I and/or Research Methods II

Module aims

This module, Police and Society, is to ensure that candidates have an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical contexts within which policing, security and community safety are constructed.


The role of police in society.
The ‘three directions’of modern UK policing
Comparative studies of differing societies and the role of policing
Current problems of UK policein meeting publicexpectationsand acountability.

Learning and teaching

The course delivery is based on a collaborative process involving students' active participation. Lectures are used to provide students with a framework of information about the nature and context of policing, at local, national and international levels and theoretical debate whilst encouraging critical investigation and research by the student.
Guest speakers,from other sections of FSSH besides Criminology,and private practitioners are invited to provide students with an particualr societal insightsof the basic qestions involving the ole of police in society.
The overall learning strategy that is coherent, varied, stimulating, academically rigourous while remaining practically relevant. Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to,

demonstrate a critical awareness of policing theories and philosophies,

identify methods and structures of governance and accountability,

understand and assess different models and style of policing,

demonstrate an awareness of the security aspects of policing,and the impact and significance of the growing security industry

make a critical evaluation the policing agenda.

Assessment strategy

Group assignment(s) during the module

And a 5-7,000 word individual assignment, the supervised research of which is started during the weekend module individually and is completed during term.


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