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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

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • 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
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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 three lectures across two weeks and a one hour seminar every week, 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
Independent Study126
Teaching27
Total study time153

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment comprises: a 1500 word paper due in approximately Week 6 and an exam at the end of the semester in the January exam period.

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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