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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3160 Policing

20 creditsClass Size: 192

Module manager: Kisby Dickinson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a critical introduction to policing in England and Wales. The module is organised in three 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. 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. 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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 word70.00
Assignment1,000 word annotated bibliography30.00
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: 18/07/2023 14:06:34


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