Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2101: Police and Policing
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
- The evolution of the police in England and Wales, and the structures and governance mechanisms currently in place.
- The nature and function of the police.
- The difference between ‘police’ and ‘policing’.
- The main theories of policing, their strengths, weaknesses and differences.
- The main techniques used to research the police, their strengths and weaknesses and the role that academic analysis can, and should, play in policing.
- Different approaches and tactics used in UK policing and internationally.
- Police use of force, and less lethal weapons.
- Police use of discretion.
- Police (sub)culture(s)
- Accountability in modern day policing, and its interaction with police legitimacy.
- Changes to, and in, policing, including the notion of plural policing.
- Police misconduct and corruption
- The physiological impact of policing
- Policing and its impacts
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activity||11||11 x 1 hour lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activity||11||11 x 1 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||50||Preparation of essay|
|Guided independent study||50||Preparation for exam|
|Guided Independent study||28||Preparation for seminars and lectures|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).