Policing - LW542

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) MS FS Renz




Not available to non-law students apart from Criminology students.



The module seeks to provide an historical, legal and social understanding of the police, one of the key social and legal institutions of the modern state. The police are an integral part of the criminal justice system and as such, this module is a core element in a criminal justice programme.
The following topics will be covered:
  • The History of Policing
  • Modern organisation of the Police
  • Transnational Policing
  • Policing Strategies
  • The Constitutional Role and Accountability of the Police
  • Fighting crime
  • Police Powers and Police Discretion
  • Interrogation and Confessions
  • Prosecution and Policing
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    20 hours Lectures; 10 hours Seminars (approximately)

    Method of assessment

    50% coursework (1 essay); 50% written examination.

    Preliminary reading

    M Rowe Introduction to Policing (Sage 2008)
    R Reiner The Politics of the Police (OUP, 4th ed 2010)
    T Newburn (ed.) Handbook of Policing (Willan 2nd ed October 2008)
    E Mclaughlin The New Policing (Sage 2007)

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    To identify the main literature and sources relevant to the subject and to explain key research techniques in locating and using those materials
    To identify the key functions and principles of the policing process
    To consider ethical and legal principles underlying the police investigation of crime and their relationship to social policies
    To examine the procedures and decision stages of police work

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