Police, Policing and Security (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to illustrate the basic concepts and principles of police accountability, performance measurement and legitimacy. It will explore the challenges of policing transnational organised crime as well as those more locally associated with maintaining the careful balance between the need to keep order during public protest and retaining basic rights of freedom of speech and assembly. The module will examine the use of criminal intelligence methods and intelligence databases to support the prevention and detection of crime as well as considering management strategies, leadership and human resource management. The module will illustrate the disparaging effects of police corruption and the need for strategies to maintain the highest ethical standards in police work.
Crime Science (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of existing scientific approaches and broader techniques in the prevention, investigation and detection of crime. The module will explore ways in which the nature of crime can be informed by science and police investigative approaches. It will investigate how science can support detection and contribute towards crime prevention and it will also consider how scientific methods are applied to crime reduction.
The Law and Politics of Policing (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles relating to the police role, within legal, political and social contexts. It also aims to present you with an understanding of the various organisational forms that policing takes within the extended police family, different functions and models of policing, and the legitimacy of police use of powers in different policing contexts.
The Criminal Justice System and How to Tell What Works (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles relative to policing and the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The module is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of the position and role of the police in the wider context of criminal investigation and offender management and to explore the organisations which form the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom.
Police Practice, Policy and Procedures 1 (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of basic police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales. It is the first of three modules which embed within them components enabling the student to attain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). The module will focus on legislation and those aspects of the law that are more commonly used by the police, such as the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and more generally explore legal procedures. The module will consider the classification of some offences within law and the defences attached to particular offences. Fundamental aspects of a police officer’s duty will be introduced, such as evidence gathering, search, arrest and detention.
Introduction to Terrorism and Political Violence (20 credits)
The broad aim of the module is to introduce students to the key historical, contemporary and theoretical considerations surrounding terrorism and political violence and counter terrorism from its historical origins to the present day. The module will aim to address motivations for seeking to/using violence to create terror and consider changing tactics and targets of political violence (i.e., who was sought to be terrorised, why, and how). The significance of historical continuity, social identity and intergroup relations in understanding terrorist actions will be emphasised as themes.
Evidence-Based Community Policing (20 credits)
The overall aim of the module is to develop an understanding of neighbourhood and community policing. By examining the key features of each and considering arguments for and against the adoption of these models of policing. The module aims to develop your awareness of the qualities required of a professional neighbourhood police officer. The module also aims to develop your ability to identify professional and academic literature related to neighbourhood and community policing and to engage with issues related to this area of study in an independent and autonomous manner. This module embeds a volunteering element, allowing you to gain valuable experience of working within relevant criminal justice or third sector organisations.
Criminal Investigation (20 credits)
The main aims of the module are to develop your knowledge and understanding of police investigations in the UK and the law underpinning these investigations. The module requires you to become acquainted with the history, structure and function of investigative work in the UK as well as concepts and procedures and current practices relating to police investigations of volume, series and major crimes. In addition you will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the current law in relation to police investigative powers, safeguards for suspects, and selected criminal offences.
Terrorism and Political Violence. The Impact of 9/11 (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce issues such as how and in what way 9/11 changed the global landscape and counter terrorism responses globally. The module will explore the background to the 9/11 attacks and examine broader international dimensions and patterns of response to terrorist attacks and groups. A key theme is the shift from reactive to proactive nature of police and security involvement in counter terrorism post 9/11; the module aims to encourage students to consider the social and practical implications of this shift, and question the efficacy of counter terrorism laws at an international level.
Policing Terrorism and Political Violence in the UK (20 credits)
The history of terrorism in the UK will be examined from the 19th century onwards, together with the events of September the 11th 2001 and 7/7 which had significant ramifications for police and security internationally and domestically in the United Kingdom. The development of British antiterrorist legislation will be discussed, together with an examination of the roles of policing bodies such as Special Branch and MI5 which deal with terrorism. The multifaceted dynamics surrounding, human rights, models of policing terrorism (intelligence, community etc.), CONTEST and Prevent, offer a focused examination of theory and practice in policing the problem of terrorism and political violence in the UK.
Individual Study (40 credits)
The aim of the Individual Study module is to develop your ability to research and analyse policing in some depth, and construct a well reasoned argument based on your findings. In so doing the course aims to provide you with a degree of autonomy in your learning by allowing an opportunity to pursue in some depth, a study of a topic aligned to policing.
For your final core module, you are asked to choose one of the below.
Police Reform and the Future of Policing (20 credits)
This module aims to provide the rationale behind police reform in the United Kingdom. It will critically examine the recent changes that have occurred in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. The module will review calls on the UK police service to respond to the dual challenge of increasing governmental/public demands for improvements in police efficiency and effectiveness in the context of decreasing real time increases in financial resources.
Police Practice, Policy and Procedures 3 (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales. It is the third of three modules, which embed within them components enabling the student to attain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). This module will focus on legislation and relevant policing practices and policies relating to Personal and Public safety, Planned and Emergency police procedures and gathering and handling of police Intelligence and information, it will include an exploration of Counter Terrorism, the principles Critical Incident management and Management of Police Information (MoPI). Fundamental aspects of policing skills in relation to these aspects of Policing will be explored.
Likely optional modules
In Year 1 you will have an option of studying a Language as part of your degree, or a module Crime and Disorder in Context (20 credits) which examines the key principles and concepts underpinning crime and its causes., as well as the central theories and methodologies encountered within the social sciences, and criminology in particular.
Police Practice, Policy and Procedures 2 (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of police practices, policies and procedures in England and Wales. It is the second of three modules, which embed within them components enabling you to attain the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP). This module will focus on legislation and relevant policing practices and policies relating to Volume Crime Investigation, providing an initial response to a policing incidents and Public Protection. The module will include an introduction to the principles of the College of Policing Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) further exploration of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and Human Rights Legislation. The module will consider the classification of offences relating to Public protection, how a police response is delivered and how evidence is gathered in order to bring offenders to Justice. Fundamental aspects of a police officer’s duty will be explored such as evidence gathering, search, case building and Interviewing witnesses and suspects.
International Policing – Structures and Dynamics (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge of the structures which regulate international policing. It also aims to develop the your critical understanding of the dynamics which determine the forms and priorities of international policing.
Psychology and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
This module aims to give you an introductory understanding of forensic psychology and its impact on the criminal justice system. It will explore how psychology has changed criminal justice procedures, impacted on police practice and given a better understanding of people involved in the criminal justice system such as: perpetrators, victims and witnesses. Special attention will be paid to vulnerable people with lectures on addiction and mental health. Additionally, this module will explore the psychology of the court process and the prison system utilising psychology to understand trial proceedings, the impact of psychological processes on sentencing and the application of psychology to the treatment of offenders.
Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending (20 credits)
The module aims to explore specialist areas of research and application within criminal and forensic psychology, particularly in relation to serious and prolific offending behaviours and ways to address them. The module will critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of the featured research and literature and in doing so facilitate your development of both subject specific and transferable skills appropriate to the level of study.
Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
This module provides you an understanding of the impact of mental health conditions on an individual’s ability to manage involvement with the criminal justice system; how mentally ill people need specialist treatment when they come into contact with the criminal justice system as victims/witnesses/offenders; how the role and value of psychiatry and psychology helps in delivering such treatment; and how psychology has changed criminal justice procedures, impacting on police practice and giving a better understanding of people with mental health conditions.
Transnational and Organised Crime (20 credits)
This course aims to provide you the theoretical underpinning to understanding the global nature of organised crime and law enforcement responses. It is a key objective of this course that students will understand the complexity of cross border transnational crime and the characteristics that create problems for law enforcement agencies in the disruption and prosecution of criminality.
Beyond Policing: Global Challenges and Human Rights (20 credits)
The main aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the relevance of international responses and the risks to Human Rights of global issues where policing is unable to provide an adequate response. Such issues include the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic and the prosecution of the War on Terror. This will include an analysis of the role of intergovernmental agencies such as the Council of Europe, the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Organisation as well as nongovernmental bodies such as Amnesty International.
"Policing Suite offers engaging yet diverse courses with many options of modules to choose from. It's incredible how the course gives you the option to specialise in a specific pathway, Canterbury Christ Church being the only university in the country with this choice. The first year really gives an insight into all aspects of policing, setting you up perfectly for the next academic year. The lecturers passion for their modules makes the university experience more pleasant."