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Module code: LW665
Credits: 10
Semester: 1
International: Yes
Overview Overview

Global Issues in Contemporary Policing departs the national contexts that dominate many examinations of policing, and adopts an inclusive view of diverse policing phenomena from around the world.

Police forces around the globe face similar ‘crime problems’ and organisational challenges in addressing those problems. This module examines different strategies used by police forces in different jurisdictions to manage/control crime.

While in many ways police culture is institutionally siloed: ideas about how to ‘do policing’ have proliferated in international debates among police practitioners. This module will explore these philosophies and strategies of policing, and how they have spread and influenced policing in different states.

Certain globalised ‘crime problems’ have encouraged unprecedented levels of cooperation between police authorities in different jurisdictions, potentially undermining traditional conceptions of sovereignty and the nation state. Others, such as the policing of migration, serve instead to reinforce these ideas. This module will explore those international policing fora, and how they relate to national policing systems.

Topics include (but are not limited to):
1. Policing Frameworks and Philosophies (e.g. policing ‘by consent’ and ‘through human rights’)
2. Transnational Policing (e.g. Interpol & Europol)
3. The Politics of Crime Control
4. Rationing of Policing
5. Policing Complex Harms (e.g. gender-based violence and organised crime)
6. Policing in New, Developing, Post-colonial, and Post-Conflict states (e.g. policing the ‘war on drugs’ and vigilante policing)
7. Policing Diverse Populations

Approach to teaching and learning:

This is an advanced degree module, and students are expected to come to class well-prepared, having read assigned materials.

The teaching and learning approach in this module will be a discussion seminar format. There are assigned materials each week, around which the seminar discussion is centred.

Open Learning Outcomes
Open Teaching & Learning methods
Open Assessment
Open Autumn Supplementals/Resits
Open Timetable
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