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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOC3017 Module Title: POLICING AND THE POLICE
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC3017
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: BULLOCK KA Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Two essays (25% each) and one examination (50%)

Module Overview

This module investigates the state institution of ‘the police’ and its relationship to the diverse set of social ordering practices labelled as ‘policing’. It will cover both the history and work of the police as an agency of modern nation states and also look at the variety of ways in which policing has been and is currently enacted

Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

On completing the module students should:



- Be familiar with the key academic research findings about the role, functions and performance of the police;



- Understand the relationship between policing and the production and reproduction of social order;



- Be informed about the history of the police and its contemporary



Module Content
  • Policing and social control before the development of the modern ‘police’.


  • Histories of the British police.


  • What are the police for and what do they do.


  • The organization of the police in the and internationally. 


  • The investigation and detection of crime.


  • Community policing and policing neighbourhoods. 


Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars
Selected Texts/Journals
Newburn, T. (2003) The Handbook of Policing. Cullompton: Willan.
Newburn, T. (2005) Policing: Key Readings . Cullumpton: Willan.
Reiner, R. (2000) The Politics of the Police (3rd edn.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Last Updated
September 2010