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    Police and Society
    LESM A202
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    Police and Society
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2019
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Quota and Schedule
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2019
    Middle 2 terms 10
    Aut 2020

    Course Coordinator: Grace Au, BA (San Francisco State University); MSocSc, MPhil (HKU)

    Course Developers: Charles Foley; Dr K C Wong, CUHK; Dr Garland C M Liu, OUHK; and Prof. John Murray, APM

    LESM A202 is one of the compulsory courses of the Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma, Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) programme in Law Enforcement and Security Management. The course will also be interesting to other students in the Social Science programme who would like to broaden their knowledge of the inter-relationship between the institution and operation of policing, and the various facets and processes of society in general and in the Hong Kong context in particular. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach by drawing on knowledge from sociology, political science and criminology to review systematically and critically the relationship between the police and society in general and Hong Kong in particular. Learners are expected to have sufficient language skills to be able to study in English at tertiary level.

    This course aims to provide learners with a systematic and critical review of the relationship between the police and society in general and Hong Kong in particular. Through the course, learners will be able to perceive the major issues including police power, culture, and its relationship with other social institutions and forces.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • The origin of Western policing

    • The various roles and functions of the police in society

    • The significance of policing within the criminal justice system

    • The power of the police

    • The issues of police accountability and misbehaviour

    • Police culture

    • Community policing and, finally the police relationship with the government, media, and other police forces

    Learning support
    There will be regular two-hour tutorials and day schools.

    There are five assignments and a final examination.

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

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