LO8. Show an awareness of some differing contexts and environments in which leadership takes place and the possible competencies, skills and strategies required

SS8079 - Leadership and Ethics (2021/22)

Module specification 2021/22
Module title Leadership and Ethics
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 35
Total study hours 200
100 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
64 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
TypeWeightingQualifying markDescription
Coursework 100%   5500 word essay
PeriodCampusDayTimeModule Leader

Module summary

This module is designed to look at leadership in general, as well as leadership in policing and law enforcement settings, specifically in the domain of police leadership in both strategic leadership and operational policing. The module will also look at ethical issues and dilemmas that can affect leadership decisions. It will draw on a body of work that explores the difference between managerial and leadership styles and helps students to identify how to influence those more senior to them, lead by example and motivate staff. There will be a specific focus on managing change, supporting staff through structural reorganisations and how to identify and nurture new talent.

Prior learning requirements



This module examines the qualities of leadership per se and then how these are applied, adapted to or added to leadership in both policy making and in practical operational work. In doing so it also deals with

• strategic police leadership
• leadership in operational policing
• human resources issues
• an introduction to ethics
• ethics of policing
• comparative international police structures
• certain interrelated fundamental crime problems

Full interactive discussions on leadership and presentations by the students also form a principal ongoing component throughout the module.

LO. 1-9

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module will be delivered as a block teaching short course comprising lectures and workships and based on a collaborative process involving students` active participation, practical assignments, guided independent study involving the use of textbooks, journals and on-line sources.

The workshops are designed to empower the student and develop their skills in applying data analysis skills. Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves. Continued support and guidance will be offered during coursework and assessment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate

1. An understanding of the fundamental qualities of leadership
2. Strategic decision making
3. Operational decision making in real time situations
4. Police leaders taking responsibility for managing diversity in order to manage difference
5. Enhanced awareness of the overall direction and trends of UK and international policing
6. Demonstrate an awareness of some differing ways of considering policing leadership in wider contexts
7. Critically evaluate some theories and different types of source available
8. Show an awareness of some differing contexts and environments in which leadership takes place and the possible competencies, skills and strategies required
9. An enhanced ability to gather, analyse, assess and evaluate information about some theories, aspects of leadership more generally, and policing leadership in particular

Through the above, be adequately equipped and enhanced with sufficient knowledge, awareness of police leadership problems to enhance report compiling ability, and to enable them, to compile and complete the research necessary for the thesis of the Professional Doctorate.

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed through a  5500 word reflective essay that allows the student to discuss leadership within their given sector. Students will be asked to specifically focus on demonstrating how they have reflected on their own leadership abilities and what they will need to do to enhance their ability to lead and motivate those they work with.

Students will also conduct a formative assignment such as one-page case-study.


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