SP473      Half Unit
Policing, Security and Globalisation

This information is for the 2021/22 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 policing of migration, of public order, through to the study of new social movements seeking radical reform of policing and the provision of security.


Courses in Social Policy will follow the Teaching Model which has been adopted by the Department of Social Policy during the period of the pandemic. This is outlined HERE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/teaching-in-the-department-of-social-policy

This course will be taught through a combination of either a recorded lecture plus a follow-up Q and A session or a ‘live’ on-line lecture; and classes/seminars of 1-1.5 hours (with size and length of classes/seminars depending on social distancing requirements).

Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course.

The course will be delivered in Michaelmas term.

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
  • Goff, P.A. (2021) Perspectives on policing, Annual Review of Criminology,54, 27-32
  • Lum, C. (2021) Perspectives on policing, Annual Review of Criminology,54, 19-25
  • Newburn, T. (ed) (2008) Handbook of Policing, Second Edition, Cullompton: Willan (in process of updating)
  • Newburn, T. (ed) (2004) Policing: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willan
  • 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%) and coursework (20%).

The summative assessment will comprise an essay involving a critical assessment of two substantive issues covered in the course (80%), and a critique of a selected piece of policing research (20%)

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 32

Average class size 2020/21: 8

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication