Criminal Justice-COLL | Policing Democracies
P493 | 26431 | Verma


The challenge of combating global terrorism and yet maintaining an
open society is a test that is confronting the United States today.
To protect and serve as well as safeguard liberty is the role for
every police department. However, there is a paradox between the two
roles. Democratic policing involves a compromise between protecting
the society and ensuring that citizens are protected from the
police. The police play an important role in handling the severe
threat of terrorism, suicide bombers and weapons of mass destruction
while also maintaining an open society. This course examines the
issues of democratic policing by focusing upon the US, the oldest
democracy and India, the largest democracy in the world where
plural, diverse and multi- religious population presents an
extraordinary challenge of governance by democratic means. The
course will supplement the study of democratic police with
additional case studies from the UK, Japan, Russia, South Africa,
emerging democracies of Eastern Europe and some other countries to
understand how this paradox is being resolved around the world.
Further, special topics like Human Rights, Order Maintenance, Social
and Religious Conflicts, Terrorism as also the problems of
minorities will also be examined in this context to understand the
challenges and responses of democratic police systems. The course
requirements will be short review papers and a final term paper. The
review papers will be evaluative studies of particular topics and
societies while the final term paper will be an analytical study of
policing a democratic society.

Readings:  to be announced

Class Meeting:  Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:15

Instructor:  Professor Arvind Verma, criminal justice department