Postgraduate Course: Police and Policing (LAWS11047)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Police and Policing course is designed to equip you with a broad, yet advanced, understanding of police organisations and key contemporary issues in policing, security and police research. The first half of the course gives some focus to understanding the 'police' organisation itself (public constabularies). The second half of the course examines 'policing' more broadly defined, with some particular focus on the expanded importance of the commercial sector and on global and transnational dimensions of contemporary policing.
The Police and Policing course is designed to equip you with a broad, yet advanced, understanding of police organisations and key contemporary issues in policing, security and police research. The first half of the course gives some focus to understanding the 'police' organisation itself (public constabularies), its historical development (and how that is particular to different states), its working practices and culture, its governance, and its sometimes complex relationships with law and with communities. The second half of the course examines 'policing' more broadly defined, with some particular focus on the expanded importance of the commercial sector and on ideas of the 'extended policing family' that encompasses a wide range on institutions beyond the police. We will also examine the global and transnational dimensions of contemporary policing, and how they intersect with domestic policing arrangements. Questions of power and hierarchy (including along lines of class, gender and race) run through and connect many of the seminars.
Indicative outline of course structure and content:
1. Introduction and overview: some key questions in policing
Part I: public constabularies
2. Historical origins and development of the modern police
3. Functions, institutions and culture: some classic sociology of the police
4. Law, accountability and democracy
5. Current police strategies: from community engagement and reassurance to intelligence-led policing
Part II: 'policing' in a postmodern world
6. Private security and plural policing
7. Global policing
8. Public order, protest and global movements
9. Policing and terrorism
10. The future(s) of policing?
The course is taught through interactive seminars. The class works to a core reading programme with additional texts being allocated weekly to allow lines of discussion emerging in classes to be developed. Some key questions will be posed to frame weekly discussions but students are also expected to bring their own evidenced questions into discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||5000 word essay
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically appraise academic analysis and contemporary debates about police and policing;
- Evaluate contemporary policing strategies and their claims to effectiveness; and
- Assess the legal, social and political ramifications of developments in the contemporary landscape of policing, domestically and at the global level.
|The following texts provide a feel for the kinds of reading covered in the class and also act as really good introductory texts:|
* Reiner, R. (2010), The Politics of the Police, (4th ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
* Newburn, T. (ed.) (2008), Handbook of Policing. (2nd ed) Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms;
2. Work independently, managing their own time, in order to meet deadlines and prepare a substantial written assessment;
3. Contribute to large and small group discussions, present ideas to others, and critically and respectfully engage with the ideas of others;
4. Critically evaluate academic work and government policy documents.
|Keywords||police; policing; accountability; police culture; democracy; community
|Course organiser||Mr Alistair Henry
Tel: (0131 6)50 9697
|Course secretary||Miss Maree Hardie
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588