Module code: SOC3056

Module Overview

This module examines the history, role and function of the police service. We consider the nature of the policing task, the contemporary organisation of the service and a range of issues to do with accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. We will also consider styles of policing, how they have changed over time and the investigation and detection of crime. We look also at some areas which have proved difficult for the service to police which include rape, domestic violence, drugs and organised crime and terrorism. 


Module provider


Module Leader

BULLOCK Karen (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: L311

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Plural policing 

  • Models of policing

  • Police powers and mechanisms of accountability

  • Police culture

  • The Police service and diversity

  • Crime prevention

  • The investigation of crime

  • The investigation of murder

  • The investigation of sexual violence

  • The investigation of organised crime and terrorism


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 50
Examination 1 HOUR SEEN EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through critical engagement with a wide range of scholarly material.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • I essay worth 50%

  • 1 seen exam worth 50%


Formative assessment and feedback

  • Feedback in class

  • Written feedback on esay one will shape the preapretion of the seen exam

Module aims

  • To introduce the foundations and principles of modern policing
  • To examine how contemporary policing is conducted
  • Consider contemporary debates which shape policing and police practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the origins, foundations and history of the contemporary police service KC
2 Be familiar with the key academic research findings about the role, functions and performance of the police KC
3 Be able to analyse the impact of recent policing issues such as community policing, the militarisation of policing and police accountability KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Introduce students to the foundations and principles of contemporary policing, the ways that policing is performed in practice and the nature of contemporary policing and police practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • lectures/seminars/class discussion/independent reading and preparation of essays 


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Politics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.