CR4008 - Policing, Criminal Justice and Society

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how police operate in terms of processing cases, suspects and supporting victims from the initial response, through the custody and charging process, to courts, prisons and offender management processes. As a result of this you will understand that police operate in a complex environment, interact through partnership building with a broad range of criminal justice, public and private sector, and third sector, organisations and that decisions and processes in those environments impact on what police organisations and staff do. Following on from that you will learn how police officers and staff engagement with the public can have a significant impact on the community and on individuals in terms of reassurance and safety, life-chances and well-being, risk and security. You will learn how an understanding and appreciation of diversity (in broad terms) is significant in terms of demands on police, public expectation, community policing and satisfaction with police services. The importance of human rights to policing and the management of risk is addressed, using case studies and applied examples. Ideas of vulnerability and the different thresholds of vulnerability are explored with reference to examples drawn from fields such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and hate crime, and terrorism and radicalisation, and how police can intervene positively in people’s lives to prevent these issues and other public protection incidents. Police, and other agency responses, in terms of safeguarding are explored in terms of principle and practices. The final part of the module will teach you about Evidence Based Policing and Problem Oriented Policing, examining the principles of these approaches and what they mean for practitioners. You will learn how EBP can shape operational policing and begin to understand how to gather and analyse data and information for evidence based practice.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:
You will learn how police operate in terms of processing cases, suspects and victims from the initial response, through the custody and charging process, to courts, prisons and offender management processes. As a result of this you will understand that police operate in a complex environment, interact with a broad range of criminal justice, public and private sector, and third sector, organisations and that decisions and processes in those environments impact on what police organisations and staff do. Following on from that you will learn how police officers and staff engagement with the public can have a significant impact on the community and on individuals in terms of reassurance and safety, life-chances and well-being, risk and security. You will learn how diversity (in broad terms) is significant in terms of demands on police, public expectation, and satisfaction with police services. The importance of human rights to policing and the management of risk is addressed, using case studies and applied examples. Ideas of vulnerability are explored with reference to examples drawn from fields such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and hate crime. Police, and other agency responses, in terms of safeguarding are explored in terms of principle and practices. The final part of the module will teach you about Evidence Based Policing and Problem Oriented Policing, examining the principles of these approaches and what they mean for practitioners. You will learn how EBP can shape operational policing and begin to understand how to gather and analyse data and information for evidence-based practice.

PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week One

Understanding the police constable role LO 7.1

Valuing difference and inclusion LO 1-2

Vulnerability and risk LO 1-9, 12

Criminal justice LO 1, 3-4, 13-14

Week Two

Understanding the police constable role LO 2-3

Counter terrorism LO 1-7

Victims and witnesses LO 1-8


Week Three

Evidence based policing LO 1-4

Problem solving LO 1-2

Research Methods and Skills LO 3-6

Criminology and crime prevention LO 1-3

Public protection LO 1-6

Policing communities LO 1-5

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of different delivery styles which will include traditional taught lectures to cover theoretical / procedural aspects of the curriculum, supplemented with seminar and workshop sessions where you will be a more active learner, making connections between theory / procedure in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during seminars and workshops. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the criminological, legal, and business theory, and procedural policy and legislation underpinning the role and responsibilities of the police constable; the wider police organisation and criminal justice system; problem orientated policing and evidence-based policing. All lecture, seminar and workshop material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects. Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback will help you to prepare for summative assessment. Written and oral summative assessment feedback will also be provided to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments within your programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of organisation and challenges relating to policing and the criminal justice system

2. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature, extent and impact of vulnerability and victimisation

3. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the nature, practice and challenges relating to community policing

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. You will demonstrate effective analytic and presentations skills in relation to module content

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significance of diversity, challenging inappropriate attitudes and behaviour, and the importance of human rights

How will I be assessed?

You will deliver a group presentation on the project developed at end of the final week of the module (including PowerPoint slides and reference list). The presentation should last approximately 15 minutes and be followed by questions and answers from the rest of the cohort. This will assess LOs 1, 2 and 3

You will complete a 1,500 word essay, including references. This will assess LOs 4 and 5.

There are numerous opportunities for both formal and informal formative assessment and feedback. Opportunities for informal formative feedback occur through in-class discussions to clarify understanding of particular concepts or issues and one-to-one tutorials. There are also more formal formative assessment and feedback specifically related to the summative assessed components. For the essay, students will be given the opportunity to submit a draft essay plan for comments and feedback from the academic module tutor. For the presentation, students are required to deliver a brief formative presentation on problem-solving policing and receive structured verbal feedback on their understanding and use of particular concepts and ideas, the appropriateness of their problem-solving policing plan, and their presentation delivery and style.

Feedback on summative assessments will be provided via a summative feedback form on the digital learning environment, Blackboard. This will include structured and constructive feedback as to how effectively the student achieved the module learning outcomes in the respective summative assessments, clearly identifying where they could have addressed the MLOs more adequately and offering information and suggestions for how they can improve for future assessments.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

On this module you will learn how police operate in terms of processing cases, suspects and victims from the initial response, through the custody and charging process, to courts, prisons and offender management processes. As a result of this you will understand that police operate in a complex environment, interact with a broad range of agencies, and engage with the public. You will learn about a range of important concepts in a policing context including reassurance, human rights, and risk management, and understand the significance of dealing with vulnerable groups including those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and hate crime. The final part of the module will teach you about Evidence Based Policing and Problem Oriented Policing, examining the principles of these approaches and what they mean for practitioners. You will learn how EBP can shape operational policing and begin to understand how to gather and analyse data and information for evidence based practice.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start March 2021 or March 2022

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