Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Policing the Home Front in World War One ADED11621

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course considers the role of policing in advising and controlling the population on the Home Front during World War One. It will draw evidence from the widely read weekly journal for police on the beat in World War One, the Police Review and Parade Gossip, as well as contemporary newspaper accounts. Through the words and experiences of the police we will hear about two of the major controversies they were involved in, the War Separation Allowance and conscription. We will discuss how they responded to increases in youth crime, food shortages and price increases. Finally, the course will consider the policing of sexual morality, the policing of alcohol, and the increases in police workload and their diminished numbers as many fit young policemen are recruited into the army. 


Block 1, weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Tuesdays, 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Offer an opportunity to explore the major events of the First World War viewed through the eyes of the police

■ Consider the lives and work of the police who were responsible for maintaining law and order amongst civilians during the conflict

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Identify and explain the major challenges for the police in advising and controlling the population on the Home Front during World War One

■ Discuss how the police responded to increases in youth crime, food shortages, price increases and issues of sexual morality during World War One

■ Evaluate the two main controversies in which the police were involved and how they responded: the War Separation Allowance;  and conscription.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits