- Module code: LW269
- Credits: 5
- Semester: 1
- Department: SCHOOL OF LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
The module introduces students to the subject of policing and explores some of the main theories, concepts and debates in this field. It starts by introducing the key ideas behind policing, outlining the history of the police and investigating the breadth of the police’s role and the importance of police culture and discretion. We then discuss some of the main attempts to reform frontline policing in recent decades. Later lectures explore various themes and debates in contemporary policing, such as restorative policing, policing the drug trade, police pluralisation, police misconduct and accountability, and whether police officers should be routinely armed. Some lectures will be delivered by guest speakers who are either policing researchers or practitioners. Students will be expected to prepare for, attend and participate in three tutorials over the course of the module.
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
|Teaching & Learning methods|
* Conway, V. (2014) Policing Twentieth Century Ireland: A History of An Garda Siochana.
* Newburn, T. (ed) (2008) Handbook of Policing (2nd ed). Abingdon: Routledge.
* Reiner, R. (2010) The Politics of the Police. (4th ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
* Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology. (3nd ed). Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 26.
* Jones, T., Newburn, T. and Reiner, R. (2017) ‘Policing and the Police’, in Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology. (6th ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 34.
* Reisig, M. and Kane, R. (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
* Walsh, D. (2009) Human Rights and Policing in Ireland: Law, Policy and Practice. Dublin: Clarus Press.
Students will be provided with supplementary materials on Moodle (Maynooth University’s Virtual Learning Environment) and via lecture slides and will be expected to utilise the Maynooth University website to obtain and read a variety of academic materials on the subject of policing.
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