Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2101: Police and Policing

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Ms Ashley Frayling (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to some of the key sociological and interdisciplinary concepts, critical issues and perennial debates in the study of the police, with a particular focus on policing in England and Wales.  We will use a mixture of contemporary case studies, topical issues and insights from a range of disciplines, including sociology, law and criminology,  to examine key concepts, including the role of the police, police discretion, the use of force, police accountability and plural policing.  Whilst the focus is predominantly on England and Wales, literature and case studies will be drawn from a range of countries, to allow you to put policing practices into an international context.

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