Theories Concepts and Models of Policing

Theories and concepts of policing: University of West of Scotland, Dr Peter Sproat

This is a core module.  The aim of this module is to provide a systematic knowledge of theories, concepts and models of policing at local, national and international levels and to develop skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to these.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and models applied to policing

2.  Demonstrate a critical awareness of current and emerging issues in policing

3.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of research studies in policing

4.  Demonstrate significant ability to apply knowledge and understanding to policing issues

5.  Engage in critical reflection on policing research impacts on own roles and responsibilities. 

The primary method of teaching the module is via distance learning. The module demands preparation in advance by students and their active participation in seminars and on-line discussions.  Intellectual skills will be practiced and demonstrated through these active learning processes. Preparation for classes is directed by detailed reading lists distributed to students at the start of each module.

Knowledge and understanding will be supported by directed study of  a range of academic, policy and practical sources  (such as research monographs, edited collections, journal articles and research reports)  and by the essay. Summative assessment of knowledge and understanding takes place primarily through the 6,000 word assignment which is submitted at completion of the module.

The assignment assesses the use of a wide range of relevant material, the ability to summarise this material effectively and, the ability to construct and defend a coherent academic argument.