A look at the work of the police dealing with trouble on the streets of Cardiff late on a Saturday night. The clip focuses on the social problems caused by the effects of overconsumption of alcohol, particularly amongst the young.
Students could discuss the role of the police, focusing on the way they act as a means of social control. They could look at how other agencies control societal behaviour, and explore the concepts of informal/ formal control. They could also investigate statistics on street crime. Arrange a visit to a police station to discover more about the role of the police. A visit to a magistrates' court could also be organised. Ask learners to produce reports on the case observed. Invite a member of the criminal justice system into class to talk about his/ her role. As revision, students could evaluate the explanations of crime and deviance. They could write an article about Cardiff on a Saturday night to illustrate how moral panic might ensue, discuss the mechanisms of a moral panic and suggest solutions to the problems documented in the clip.