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Postgraduate Course: Policing and Punishment: Insights from across the globe (AFRI11010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the diverse actors involved with 'everyday policing' and 'everyday punishment'. Engaging with case studies from across the globe, this course looks at ideas and practices of policing and punishment, as well as their contestation.

In doing so, the course will be asking broader questions: What does statehood mean across time and space? What does it mean across different groups within any given polity? How do police and justice officials shape ideas and practices of statehood? How does the broader, diverse policing and punishment landscape reflect and reconfigure existing power relations? What can the contestation of these practices tell us about the relationship between power and legitimacy? What can it tell us about the relationship between violence and the law? What can it tell us about inclusion, exclusion and oppression at an international, national, and local level?

In answering these questions, this course will draw heavily on ethnographic accounts of policing and punishment, as well as the broader literatures of criminology, policing studies, and socio-legal studies.
Course description This course will operate through a case study approach, drawing in cases from across the globe. The proposed lecture topics are as follows:

1. Understanding 'the law': England and Kenya in historical perspective
2. Understanding crime and deviance: Zimbabwe and Egypt
3. State policing: Brazil and France
4. Private security: Iraq and South Africa
5. Policing the borders: Italy and Thailand
6. Local Courts: Uganda and Palestine
7. Prisons and punishment: US and Russia
8. Alternative Dispute Resolution: UK and India
9. Vigilantism: Ireland and South Africa
10. Conclusions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Reading List
Caldeira, T.P., 2000. City of walls: crime, segregation, and citizenship in São Paulo. Univ of California Press.

Davis, A.Y., 2016. If They Come in the Morning...: Voices of Resistance. Verso Books.

Jauregui, B., 2015. Just War: The Metaphysics of Police Vigilantism in India. Conflict and Society, 1(1), pp.41-59.

Lar, J. 2017. Historicising Vigilante Policing in Plateau State, Nigeria. In Steinberg, J. Owen, O. Beek, J. and Gopfert, M. (eds). Police in Africa: the Street Level View. Hurst and Co.

Mutahi, P., 2011. Between illegality and legality:(In) security, crime and gangs in Nairobi informal settlements. South African Crime Quarterly, 37, pp.11-18.

Steinberg, J., 2008. Thin Blue-the unwritten rules of policing South Africa.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will be equipped with new skills in:
1. Identifying and engaging with credible sources and evidence, both inside and outside the academy
2. Writing clearly about complex issues
3. Assembling together persuasive arguments that are well-supported with evidence
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Course organiserDr Sarah Jane Cooper Knock
Course secretaryMiss Kate Ferguson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122
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