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This subject engages with critical and contemporary issues in the field of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Focusing on a special topic of key criminological and socio-legal interest, this subject will enable students to broaden and deepen their understanding of contemporary areas of criminological and socio-legal research, policy and practice. This will be achieved through intensive one-off courses offered by local and international visitors with specialist expertise in the particular issues.
July 2018 Topic: Police, Policing and Security
Professor Ian Loader, The University of Oxford
Effective, accountable and legitimate police institutions are a key ingredient of citizen security and good government. Yet the public police are not the only providers of policing. Security today is the responsibility of a range of policing bodies – in the private sector and across civil society. Nor are policing institutions confined within the borders of single nation-states. This subject examines key institutions, processes and challenges involved in creating effective and legitimate policing. It addresses core questions concerning the role of the police, use and control of police powers, police relations with other security providers, governance and oversight mechanisms, citizen engagement, and evidence-based policing. It also enables students to engage in finding better ways of addressing some of today's most urgent policing problems, such as the regulation of cyber-crime. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises, students will be introduced to the dynamics and complexities of contemporary policing and be equipped with the conceptual and analytic tools for understanding and contributing to the reform of security governance.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- develop their understanding of a special topic in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies; and
- be able to conduct research in this topic area; and
- be able to critically analyse key debates and issues in this topic area; and
- gain a deeper understanding of criminological and / or socio-legal theory and practice.
Student who successfully complete this subject should:
- have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills; and
- have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally; and
- have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications; and
- have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
Last updated: 3 November 2022