Policemen are a microcosm of the society they come from and are supposed to guard. Therefore, ongoing controversies over law enforcement in the US and the rest of the world are a result of and symbolize more fundamental political and socioeconomic problems. This course traces and compares the development of police and policing in the West and East Asia over the past two centuries, highlighting the complex and interdependent political, social, economic, and cultural contexts in which police evolved. We will also cover how these broad trends shaped and were shaped by the daily experiences of rank-and-file policemen as well as the elite and ordinary people they policed. By identifying and critically analyzing the historical roots of problems plaguing contemporary police, students will contribute to the ongoing debates over the proper roles of law enforcement in local communities and the best way to navigate between individual freedom and collective security.
Course Attributes: EN HBU BABU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01Sophomore Seminar
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