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CRIM3002 Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control

Module Overview

This module considers a range of issues in the area of the sociology of the policy and policing and more broadly the sociology of social control - issues, include domestic violence, public order and policing minority groups.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To explore contemporary criminological perspectives on social control. - To provide a specific focus on structures, processes, practices and policies of law enforcement. - To analyse the above in a broader social, historical and political context. - To develop your critical knowledge of criminological perspectives on social control. - To develop your critical knowledge of contemporary criminological perspectives on police and policing. - To develop critical insights into the importance of the broader social, historical and political contexts of the above.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of criminological perspectives on aspects of social control in modern society.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of current issues, debates and developments in the policing of crime and society.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the relationship between police and policing and the broader social and political context
  • Critically engage with debates about social policy.
  • Understand the way that theory and practice can be in conflict.
  • Present complex ideas in a coherent way both verbally and in writing
  • Critically engage with complex debates.
  • Understand the interaction of theory and social policy.

Syllabus

This module considers a range of issues in the area of the sociology of the police and policing and more broadly the sociology of social control - issues include domestic violence, public order and policing minority groups. As well as a range of theoretical frameworks, the unit explores current policing policy and practice in Britain using themes such as discretion, legitimacy, culture and the role of the police to highlight recurring issues with contemporary policing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: This unit is taught by means of two lectures in odd weeks of the semester and a lecture and seminar in even weeks of the semester, supplemented by extensive reading to support lecture and seminar activities. Documentaries provide visual material that allows students to appreciate the history and development of contemporary policing. Learning activities include: Reading reports that require students to feedback at each seminar what they have been reading in since the previous seminar Innovative or special features of this module: Documentaries provide visual material that allows students to appreciate the history and development of contemporary policing

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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