SP473      Half Unit
Policing, Security and Globalisation

This information is for the 2020/21 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 (LSE and Fudan), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

All Social Policy Courses are ‘Controlled Access’. Please see the link below for further details on the allocation process.


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 MT.

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)

Additional Reading:

  • 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 LT.

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

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: 34

Average class size 2019/20: 17

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication