Policing - LW871

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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7 20 (10) PROF DP Walsh


None, though a general background in either law or another discipline related to criminal justice is assumed





This module offers a critical study of policing from historical, legal, political and social perspectives. It focuses primarily on policing in the United Kingdom, with other appropriate jurisdictions (including the European Union) being used for comparative purposes.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 180
Total study hours: 200


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

Essay – no more than 5000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

Brodeur, J-P, The Policing Web (OUP, 2010)
Conway, V, Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: a History of An Garda Siochana (Sage, 2013)
Elmsley, C, The History of Policing (Ashgate, 2011)
Lister, S, and M. Rowe Accountability of Policing (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
McLaughlin, E, The New Policing (Sage 2007)
Newburn, T, (ed.) Handbook of Policing 2nd ed (Willan, 2014)
Newburn, T, (ed.) Policing – Key Readings (Willan, 2004)
Reiner, R. The Politics of the Police 4th ed (OUP, 2010)
Walsh, DPJ, Human Rights and Policing in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice (Clarus, 2009)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. Critique the origins, development and future of policing in the United Kingdom and comparable jurisdictions.
2. Critically probe the forces driving and shaping the structure, organisation, functions, policies, practices and procedures of policing in the United Kingdom and comparable jurisdictions.
3. Critique the law and practice on: the investigation, detection and prevention of crime; the maintenance of public order; and cross-border police cooperation.
4. Critically assess the role of democratic, legal and administrative processes in the governance of the police and in rendering the police accountable for their actions, policies and performance.
5. Critically assess the emergence, development and practices of private policing.
6. Appreciate and critique the ethical and legal principles applicable to policing policies and practices.
7. Conduct independent critical research on policing issues, and present incisive perspectives on them.
8. Identify and critically debate the legal, constitutional, political and cultural forces underpinning topical issues in policing.


Stage 1

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