SA4L7      Half Unit
Policing, Security and Globalisation

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tim Newburn OLD 2.40a


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations), MSc in Social Policy (Research) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

While not specifically counting towards a specialism on the LLM, this course would complement the following specialisms: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Legal Theory and Public Law.


Some familiarity with sociology and/or criminology would be an advantage, but is not a formal prerequisite. Anyone unfamiliar with criminology can find a full introduction in: Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology, London: Routledge, 3rd Edition

Course content

The sub-discipline of police studies is now well-established and is flourishing. Whilst much traditional policing scholarship has focused on policing within particular societies, increasingly attention is being drawn to both international and comparative matters. Indeed, the social and economic changes associated with globalisation have affected policing as all else. This course will focus on transnational public and private policing, and on the issues and challenges raised by globalisation: from the policing of transitional societies and emergent democracies, the problems of drugs control and the policing of migration, to new social movements and the policing of public order.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be asked to submit one piece of formative coursework: an essay outline - in effect an outline answer to the longer summative essay, including a full introductory paragraph. 

Indicative reading

Bowling, B. and Sheptycki (2012) Global Policing London: Sage

Brodeur, J-P (2010) The Policing Web, New York: OUP

Newburn, T. (ed) (2008) Handbook of Policing, Second Edition, Cullompton: Willan (in process of updating)

Newburn, T. (ed) (2004) Policing: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willan

Newburn, T. (ed) (forthcoming) Policing: Critical Concepts in Criminology, London: Routledge (4 vols)

Reiner, R. (2010) The Politics of the Police, Fourth Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press (new edition in 2017/18)

Andreas, P. and Nadelmann, E. (2006) Policing the Globe: Criminalization and crime control in international relations, New York: OUP

Johnston, L. (2006) Transnational security governance, in Wood, J. and Dupont, B. (eds) Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security, Cambridge: CUP

Nadelmann, E.  (1993) Cops across borders: the internationalisation of US law enforcement. Pennsylvania State University Press

Reiner, R. (1992/2004) Policing a postmodern society, in Newburn, T. (ed) Policing: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willan

O’Malley, P. (1997/2004) Policing, politics and postmodernity, in Newburn, T. (ed) Policing: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willa

Sheptycki, J. (1995) ‘Transnational policing and the makings of a postmodern state’. British Journal of Criminology,  35:613-35

Sheptycki, J. (1998). ‘Policing, postermodernism and transnationalisation’. British Journal of Criminology.  38: 485-503

Sheptycki, J (ed.) (2000) Issues in Transnational Policing. London: Routledge


Essay (80%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Coursework (20%, 1000 words) in the MT Week 7.

The summative assessment will comprise a 3,000 word essay involving a critical assessment of two substantive issues covered in the course (80%), and a 1,000 word critique of a selected piece of policing research

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 26

Average class size 2017/18: 13

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication