Policing and Society

POLC 3012

Course description

In this course, students examine the sociology of policing through descriptive, empirical, and theoretical research focusing on the relationship between the individual and society in the context of law enforcement. This course is designed to deconstruct sociological perspectives including global stratification, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, politics and economy, recognizing many of these concepts relate to problems and controversies linked to policing. Students integrate major theoretical issues and the methods of policing in order to discover practical and effective solutions to criminal and social problems. Special attention is given to issues and perspectives focusing on the role of police in community and society including human trafficking, post traumatic stress and critical incident stress, sexual assault and sex offences, diversity and equity.



Course Hours


Students registering for credit courses for the first time must declare a program at the point of registration. Declaring a program does not necessarily mean students must complete a program, individual courses may be taken for skill improvement and upgrading.

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