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030102 KU The police in a liberal-democratic constitutional state (2021S)

Aktuelle Herausforderungen der Polizeiarbeit mit thematischem Schwerpunkt in Genderforschung sowie Anti-Diskriminierung

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 04.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 09:30 - 12:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The students should gain an insight into the field of police sociology, but also into the police system in Austria itself. In the context of this, questions of legal philosophy of the legitimacy of police action in the constitutional state are important. A deeper understanding of this is to be conveyed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation in discussions, writing a short seminar paper, short presentations

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation in class
Short presentation:Selected chapters of the compulsory literature are to be read in advance and then discussed during the course by and with the students. For each text, a group of people will be selected in advance to give short presentations (incl. criticism/continuing thoughts) of the texts.
Short written paper: Within the framework of a short (approx. 5 A-4 pages) paper, a selected topic is to be dealt with in more detail. Topic assignment and discussion is student-led and will be discussed in more detail in the first unit. Alternatively: oral examination on an area selected by students.
Both requirements must be completed positively in order to receive a positive assessment.

Examination topics

Relevant literature is made available via Moodle

Reading list

Relevant literature is made available via Moodle

Behr R. (2003) Polizeikultur als institutioneller Konflikt des Gewaltmonopols. In: Lange HJ. (eds) Die Polizei der Gesellschaft. Studien zur Inneren Sicherheit, vol 4. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden
Behr, R. „Die Polizei muss ... an Robustheit deutlich zulegen“: Zur Renaissance aggressiver Maskulinität in der Polizei, in: Loick, Daniel (Hrsg.) (2018): Kritik der Polizei, Frankfurt (Campus), S. 165-178
Briken, Kendra 2018: Policing by Numbers. New Police Management und Gewaltmonopol, in: Daniel Loick (Hg.): Kritik der Polizei. Frankfurt a. M. und New York
Haselow, R. (2003). Die Umsetzung von Normen in der Organisationswirklichkeit der Polizei. Enthalten in: Die Polizei der Gesellschaft ; Hans-Jürgen Lange, Opladen, 2003, S. 227.
Kreissl, R. (2014). Polizei in Österreich – einige Beobachtungen zu Prozessen einer nachholenden Modernisierung. Neue Kriminalpolitik, 26(1), 42-51.
Kretschmann, A.; Legnaro, A. Polizei und Gewalt. Sozialwissenschaftliche Lektüren eines untrennbaren Verhältnisses Juridikum 03/2019
Ullrich, P. (2019) Data and Obstacle: Police (Non)Visibility in Research on Protest Policing, Surveillance & Society: Vol 17 No 3/4 (2019): Visibilities and New Models of Policing

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