Module title: Crime, Control and Policing

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09116
Module leader: Andrew Wooff
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module :
SSC08104 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in the UK and
SSC08106 Criminological Theory

Examples of Equivalent Learning:
Knowledge and experience of policing and police practice to be considered on an individual basis and in discussion with the programme leader.

Description of module content:

This module examines the interactions between crime control, policing and the theory underpinning this work. The module explores a range of theoretical and practical issues relating to crime control and policing, particularly focused on police procedures, values and ethics. This module begins by exploring crime control in different national and international contexts, in particular the links between crime control theory, police powers, procedures and practice. By examining police culture, discretion, power, diversity and accountability, this module explores the way that power is applied to different policing scenarios and, building on other criminology and social science modules, theory can help explain practice. Particular focus will be given to the role of evidenced informed practice, inclusivity and ethics in the way that crime control is applied to different people and contexts, including international policing environments.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Compare ways of theorising crime control, focusing on criminological perspectives and policing theory.
LO2: Critically examine the interrelationships between the broader social and political contexts of crime control over time.
LO3: Evaluate the literature in the area of policing and crime control, making links between theory, research, policy and practice in relation to police culture and accountability.
LO4: Critically reflect on current issues, debates and controversies in policing and social control, including discretion, power and inequality.
LO5: Critically analyse police powers and their relationship to inequality, socio-economic status, ethnicity, diversity and vulnerability.
LO6: Critically reflect on the pluralisation of policing and approaches to evaluating crime control strategies in the UK.

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