module specification

SS8073 - Knowledge-Based Policing 2 (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Knowledge-Based Policing 2
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
150 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Week -

Module summary

This module examines how change can be effected through the application of knowledge.


The syllabus covers,

trends and developments in policing intelligence both nationally and internationally LO1

changing priorities posed by trends and changes of differing crime categories LO1

international criminal trends including terrorism, threats from terrorist groups and organisations,aspects of financial crime,
maritime security and piracy in various conflict theatres and locations LO1, LO2

guiding students in the premises and  interpretation(s) and  content of their individual projected thesis LO2, LO3


Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Taught lectures, presentations  and group discussion, and individual reflection study and preparation. This module will be delivered as a long-weekend short course comprising lectures and seminars 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 enhanced knowledge of policing and security and intelligence

2. have appraised research to inform own study and compiled data for the thesis

3. demonstrate advanced planning and written skills to doctoral level.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is to enable students to develop a critical awareness of a wide range of relevant issues and the module is assessed by way of a 6000 word essay. The students are encouraged to explore the learning and disseminate how theory is assimilated in a range of 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.

Ekblom, P, 2004, How to police the future: Scanning for scientific and technological innovations which generate potential threas and opportunities in crime, policing and crime reduction. In M Smith and N Tilley (EDS) Crime Science: New appraoches to preventing abd detecting crime. Cullompton: Willan.
Ericson R & Haggerty K, 1997, Policing the Risk Society (OUP)
Goldstein H, 1990, Problem-Oriented Policing (McGraw-Hill)
John T & Maguire M, 2004, The National Intelligence Model: Key Lessons From Early Research (Home Office, RDS)
Jones T & Newburn T (eds), 2006, Plural Policing: A Comparative Perspective (Routledge)
Newburn T (ed), 2003, Handbook of Policing (Willan)
Ratcliffe J (ed), 2004, Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence (Federation Press)
A James , 2016, Understanding Police Intelligence Work Policy Press
M de Boer 2015 Counter-terrorism Security and Intelligence in the EU,government challenges fo recollection, exchange and analysis in, Intelligence and National Security vol 30 no-2-3 pp 147-60