None, though a general background in either law or another discipline related to criminal justice is assumed.
OverviewThis 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:
2 hours per week combined lecture/seminar excluding reading and writing weeks (18 weeks). The remaining 182 hours are dedicated to private study time. There are 200 study hours for the module.
Method of assessment
100% coursework comprising of one 5,000 word essay (maximum).
J-P Brodeur, The Policing Web (OUP, 2010)
V Conway, Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: a History of An Garda Siochana (Sage, 2013)
C Elmsley, The History of Policing (Ashgate, 2011)
S Hufnagel, C Harfield, S Bronitt (eds), Cross Border Law Enforcement: Regional Law Enforcement Cooperation - Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific Perspectives
P Joyce, Policing: Development & Contemporary Practice (Sage, 2011)
E McLaughlin, The New Policing (Sage, 2007)
T Newburn (ed), Handbook of Policing, 2nd ed (Willan, 2014)
T Newburn (ed), Policing Key Readings (Willan, 2004)
M Punch, Police Corruption: Deviance, Accountability and Reform in Policing (Willan, 2009)
R Reiner, The Politics of the Police, 4th ed (OUP, 2010)
D P Walsh, Human Rights and Policing in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice (Clarus, 2009)
Critique the origins, development and future of policing in the United Kingdom and comparable jurisdictions.
Critically probe the forces driving and shaping the structure, organisation, functions, policies, practices and procedures of policing in the United Kingdom and comparable jurisdictions.
Critique the law and practice on: the investigation, detection and prevention of crime; the maintenance of public order; and cross-border police cooperation.
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.
Critically assess the emergence, development and practices of private policing.
Appreciate and critique the ethical and legal principles applicable to policing policies and practices.
Conduct independent critical research on policing issues, and present incisive perspectives on them orally and in essay form.
Identify and critically debate the legal, constitutional, political and cultural forces underpinning topical issues in policing.
research, interpret and apply complex material from across several disciplines, such as: law, criminal justice, politics, history and sociology
research, interpret and apply primary and secondary legal materials from national, European and international sources
Demonstrate an understanding of the specificity of textual analysis
Demonstrate skills in making well-constructed oral and written argument
Demonstrate skills in oral and visual presentation of complex ideas and materials
Demonstrate critical and self-reflexive modes of thought and analysis
Demonstrate awareness of and capacity to debate some of the major social, political and legal issues of the day in national, European and international affairs
Demonstrate the capacity for independent learning
Demonstrate the ability to formulate viable research questions
Demonstrate the capacity to undertake independent research on a specific topic
Present research findings within a critical theoretical framework