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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5115M Rethinking Policing

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Anna Barker

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5110M Policing 1: The Nature of Contemporary Policing LAW5215M Policing 2: Accountability of Policing

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces students to high quality, innovative research on some of the most important and pressing areas of policing today. A core focus of the module will be to utilise policing knowledge and the findings of academic research to rethink policing practices, policies, approaches and problems. Drawing on cutting edge research from a range of disciplinary perspectives and a plurality of methods, the module will develop an awareness of how contemporary practices of policing in the twenty-first century might be re-shaped, re-configured and re-thought. The content of this module will vary each year to capture new and emerging fields of research enquiry and priority policing areas.


- To develop an understanding of the prominence of research-informed, evidence-based policing;
- To engage critically with cutting edge research on policing undertaken from various disciplinary perspectives and using a plurality of methods;
- To develop an informed position on how aspects of contemporary policing can be re-shaped, re-configured and re-thought through engagement with the findings of academic research.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Develop a critical understanding of policing concepts and knowledge policing research, and policy and practice developments in policing;
2. Critically explore how policing may be re-shaped and re-configured differently using the best available research evidence;

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. The ability to weigh up research evidence, arguments and perspectives with reference to policing.
2. The ability to write in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner that is supported by relevant evidence.
3. The ability to deploy policing concepts and knowledge effectively to demonstrate understanding in written arguments.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours132.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 27/03/2024


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