Policy Practicum: Policing and Technology


Course Code:
LAW 805Q
2 - 3
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


Huge shifts are occurring in the technology of policing. Longstanding questions at the core of policing — how to effectively and innovatively protect all communities; how to balance law enforcement with civil liberties and racial justice; how to institutionalize best practice within complex policing agencies — are attracting unusually intense attention. At the same time, those familiar policy dilemmas are taking new forms in the context of a rapidly shifting technological environment, which provides new tools to police while adding new dimensions to the challenges and trade-offs inherent in policing. This policy lab will analyze several specific technologies within existing legal and policy frameworks and make recommendations on where and how law and policy can "catch up" to the technologies' use and implementation. In this policy lab, students will analyze the legal and policy issues that arise from the ever expanding role private companies play in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data, including social media outlets and other private companies that broker data from policing technologies. Students wishing to undertake R credit, will perform additional research for a white paper analyzing the issues and results of the collective research. R credit is possible only by consent of the instructor. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Elements used in grading: Participation in class and final paper. NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Directed Writing, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: If you're interested in joining the lab, please send your resume, transcript and a paragraph or two (but no more than a page) describing your interest and background in the topic by Friday, December 16, 2016. Only students selected for Winter Quarter may participate in Spring Quarter.

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

Policy Practicum: Policing and Technology LAW 805Q Section 01 Class #34494

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 4

Notes: Law Unit Limitation. This class section has been cancelled!

Policy Practicum: Policing and Technology LAW 805Q Section 02 Class #34495

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent

Notes: Law Unit Limitation. R -Research Requirement for Law Degree. This class section has been cancelled!

2016-2017 Winter

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