CR5011 - Professional Standards and Police Integrity

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will allow you to evaluate the importance of ethics and values in the delivery of policing, and the impact that this can have among diverse

communities. The importance of police officers demonstrating fairness, ethics and integrity are outlined in relation to police legitimacy, public confidence

and operational effectiveness.

The module will critically assess how police organisations and individual officers and staff are held to account, by external and internal means, and how

previous examples of misconduct and malpractice can provide learning opportunities for future conduct. Accountability is considered in formal and informal

terms at the level of individuals, organisational culture, and the strategic role of police in society. The nature, development and role of professional

standards, in broad terms, is critically reviewed.


CoP pre-join curriculum learning outcomes:

Valuing Difference and Inclusion: 2, 3, 4

Maintaining Professional Standards: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

How will I learn on this module?

The module aims to further develop your skills in areas such as group discussion and debate as well as independent learning. Weekly lectures will frame

the discussion of each area of the syllabus. Teaching will employ the use of a set of key instances of police misconduct and related challenges which will

be worked through and revisited throughout the lecture and seminar workshop programme. The learning experience will develop your understanding of the

development of strategies to develop integrity and values within policing and to expand your theoretical knowledge and your ability to engage in debates

concerning policy development and practice. Lectures will introduce theory, research policy and practice connections and will stimulate and provoke your

thinking. Seminars will follow a more student-led, workshop format. For each seminar workshop you are likely to engage in work as part of a discussion

group to unpack, debate, research and analyse a set of provocative questions via a case study or alternative exercise. You will also have space to develop

your own thinking and position as a scholar of policing and criminology. The seminar workshops are tailored to the learning preferences of the students on

the module each year and these are determined in consultation with you and your cohort in the first weeks. The learning and teaching on this module

allows us to oscillate between theory and practice. Formative assessment is built into the seminar workshop and lecture programme. Further development

of your confidence in synthesising, explaining and discussing information from a range of sources is also a key aim of the approach taken in this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing your ability to reflect informatively, and think critically about some of the challenges posed by considering links between policing,

professional practice, integrity and accountability is central to this module. The module encourages you to make appropriate connections

between theory, research, policy and practice in terms of policing, partner agencies and the wider criminal justice system. As part of your

intellectual development, you will receive support from your peers in the classroom and from the module tutor/s throughout the module.

Support outside the classroom includes additional academic support via

1-1 tutorial support opportunities

that we encourage you to take up

with the module tutor/s.

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: By the end of the module you should be able to: 1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of professional standards and integrity in the context of contemporary policing. 2. Demonstrate your ability to identify, explain, evaluate systems of accountability and their importance in terms of public trust and confidence and police effectiveness. Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities: By the end of the module you should be able to: 3. Communicate your knowledge and ability to analyse key principles and policy in relation to professional standards and police integrity. 4. Understand the variety of policy/guidance documents relating to professional standards, integrity and police accountability. Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
By the end of the module you should have developed the ability to: 5. understand why police face particular challenges in terms of professional standards and integrity. 6. Enhance your knowledge and understanding of key principles of formal and informal mechanisms for police accountability.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment During the semester you will have two formative assessments. (1) A written exercise analysing a problem scenario relating to policing, requiring a plan of action. This will be marked by your seminar tutor and you will receive written feedback on your answer. (2) an online multiple choice tests to be made available via the eLP and completed in your own time. You will receive written feedback in the form of a model answer and oral feedback in the form of a discussion of the test in one of the workshops. Summative assessment This will take the form of a 3500 word assignment. The assignment will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of key debates from the academic and policy literature. Summative feedback will be available in written form on scripts, via the eLP as notes for guidance and orally from module/seminar tutors.
Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. Grade-Related Descriptors are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge and/or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

This module will allow you to evaluate the importance of ethics and values in the delivery of policing, and the impact that this can have among diverse

communities. The importance of police officers demonstrating fairness, ethics and integrity are outlined in relation to police legitimacy, public confidence

and operational effectiveness.

The module will critically assess how police organisations and individual officers and staff are held to account, by external and internal means, and how

previous examples of misconduct and malpractice can provide learning opportunities for future conduct. Accountability is considered in formal and informal

terms at the level of individuals, organisational culture, and the strategic role of police in society. The nature, development and role of professional

standards, in broad terms, is critically reviewed.

Course info

UCAS Code LL44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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