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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3160 Policing

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Mr Sean Butcher

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a critical introduction to policing in England and Wales. The module is organised in four parts. Part one considers policing in historical and comparative perspectives. It covers the role and functions of policing and the formal establishment of the policing systems in the nineteenth century. The second part considers the contemporary landscape of policing. It covers who is involved in the arrangement and delivery of modern policing, the powers and discretion available to the police, the cultures of policing and methods by which policing is governed and made accountable to the law and society at large. Part three explores the policing of different types of crime and considers the policy implications of different policing approaches. Part four raises a series of critical and emerging issues in policing in England and Wales. Throughout, the module engages with wider social, political, cultural and economic developments that influence policing. This module will enable you to develop your written skills with reference to policing issues.


Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, you should be able to:
1. Describe and discuss aspects of policing in England and Wales;
2. Recognise wider social, political, cultural and economic developments that influence policing;
3. Evaluate different policing approaches to a particular form of crime and discuss their wider implications;
4. Utilise policing research and scholarship to develop effective written arguments.


Part 1 - Policing in historical and comparative perspective
Part 2 - The contemporary policing landscape
Part 3 - Policing in practice
Part 4 - Issues and debates in policing

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for seminars and lectures: 120 hours (2.5 hours per lecture, 7 hours per seminar)
- Preparation for exam/coursework: 53 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through their attendance and performance in seminars

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 2,000 word policy report50.00
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/07/2019


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