Not available in 2020/21
SP172      Half Unit
Policing and Security

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Tim Newburn OLD.2.40a


This course is available on the BSc in Criminology, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course will introduce students to the flourishing sub-discipline of ‘police studies’, enabling students to understand the development and functioning of police organisations as well as providing them with an understanding of some of the key issues and debates affecting contemporary policing. Putative outline:

1. Understanding policing and security

2. The role of the police

3. Police cultures

4. Police accountability

5. Police legitimacy

6. Police conduct and misconduct

7. Police, race and ethnicity

8. Police, gender and inequality

9. Police and the media

10. Public policing and private security


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 exercise in the LT.

Indicative reading

Jones, T., Newburn, T. and Reiner, R. (2017) ‘Policing and the Police’ in Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology 6th Ed., Oxford University Press

Newburn, T. (2008) (ed) Handbook of Policing, 2nd ed, Cullompton: Willan

Newburn, T. (2005) (ed) Policing: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willan

Reiner, R. (1981) Keystone to Kojak: The Hollywood cop, in P. Davies and B. Neve (eds) Politics, Society and Cinema in America, Manchester: Manchester University Press

Reiner, R. (2010) The Politics of the Police, 4th ed, Oxford: OUP


Project (80%, 2500 words) and presentation (20%) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication