Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) 13D

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

Contact person

Conventional Pathway: Dr. Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron (03 6226 2739)

In-Service Pathway:   TBA

The Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) is a vocationally-oriented course offered by the Faculty of Arts at both the Hobart and Launceston campuses. Students may study full-time or part-time and have seven enrolment years, including the year of passing the first unit for the degree, in which to complete course requirements.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies)
Course Abbreviation BSocSc(PolStuds)
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 033204D
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school

Objectives

The Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) is designed to provide students with high quality social science training together with specific knowledge and skills of policing. Graduates with this degree will have learned the following: to understand and analyse complex issues concerning policing practice in contemporary society; to understand the changing roles and expectations of police in the context of a changing society; to articulate the interaction between theory and practice in police studies; to develop a broad array of intellectual, practical and professional capabilities; to develop critical, analytical and communication skills; and to organise and conduct research projects.

Career Outcomes

The degree provides a sound academic base for those considering careers in policing. For serving police officers, the acquisition of tertiary qualifications is clearly becoming advantageous for career advancement.

Additional Information

The BSocSc(PoliceStudies) degree course and the Police Studies major are coordinated by the School of Social Sciences. The School is located on Level 5 of the Arts Building in Hobart. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron or contact the School on (03) 6226 2329.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. These include several categories of special admission. Entry to the course occurs normally in February, and there may be limited entry in July.

In-Service pathway: Applicants must be employed as a Tasmania Police Recruit

Conventional pathway: For Police Officers who joined Tasmania Police before 2010 and for all other applicants who are qualified for entry under the University Rules of Admission.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Credit for previous study Tasmania Police Recruitment Course graduates are eligible to receive a total of 50% credit.

Tasmania Police Sergeants Course graduates are eligible to receive 12.5% credit at level 200 or level 300 towards the degree for studies completed since 1998. Tasmania Police Inspectors Course graduates are eligible to receive 25% credit at level 200 or level 300 towards the degree for studies completed since 1998 and before 2012.

A student who has completed or partly completed another degree from this University or another approved institution can apply for credit for their previous study towards the BSocSc(PoliceStudies) degree.

In the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies), you take 2 majors, a minor and 4 student electives.This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • Two majors of 8 units each: each major consists of 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four student elective units:
    CONVENTIONAL PATHWAY - units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study the equivalent of a second minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas – it's your choice.
    IN-SERVICE PATHWAY: In the In-Service Pathway, Tasmania Police requirements are that students enrol in the four units specified in the student electives for this pathway.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 8-10 units at advanced level.

In-Service Pathway (for students who are employed as a Tasmania Police Recruit):

  • Major 1 -   Police Studies (In-service)Major 2 -   Criminology or Politics and International Relations* or Sociology* (* Different Introductory units from the Conventional Pathway)
  • Minor -      Risk Management
  • Four student electives required by Tasmania Police

 

 

Conventional Pathway (for Police Officers who joined Tasmania Police before 2010 and for all other students who are qualified for entry):

  • Major 1 -   Police Studies (Conventional)Major 2 -   Politics and Policy* or Sociology* (* Different Introductory units to the In-service Pathway)
  • Minor -   Aboriginal Studies or Gender Studies or History or Human Resource Management or Information Systems or Law or Philosophy or Psychology.
  • Four student electives

Course Structure

In-Service Pathway

For students who are employed as Tasmania Police Recruit.

    MAJOR 1 - Compulsory

    MINOR - Compulsory

    Compulsory student electives

    • HSP133Investigating Social Behaviour ADetails

      This unit explores two important aspects of policing related to investigations - (i) custody and dentention and (ii) coronial investigation. In regard to coronial investigation, the unit provides knowledge and skills in the roles police play in assisting the coroner…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for HSP133 Investigating Social Behaviour A

    • HSP134Social Conflict Resolution ADetails

      This unit examines the concepts, principles and practices of effective communication with focus on oral intervention tactics to de-escalate and resolve conflictual situations in a variety of contexts. It provides direct practice skills in negotiation and conflict management techniques appropriate…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for HSP134 Social Conflict Resolution A

    • HSP233Investigation Social Behaviour BDetails

      This unit explores investigative techniques used to identify, understand, manage and record social behaviour in a number of specific areas and settings relevant to policing practice. Investigative, evidence-based interviewing and conversation management techniques will be studied to develop core professional…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for HSP233 Investigation Social Behaviour B

    • HSP234Social Conflict Resolution BDetails

      This unit provides knowledge and direct practice of operational conflict management strategies and defensive and restraining tactics used in police interventions to de-escalate and resolve conflictual situations in a variety of contexts. "Use of force" principles and concepts - including…

      Credit Points: 12.5

      Availability

      View all details for HSP234 Social Conflict Resolution B

    MAJOR 2 - Choose 1 from the following list:

Conventional Pathway

For all other students who are qualified for entry together with Police members who joined Tasmania Police before 2010.

    MAJOR 1 - Compulsory

    MAJOR 2 - Choose 1 from the following list:

    MINOR - Choose 1 from the following list:

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


  1. These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

  2. Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

  4. Bachelor degree requirements

    1. Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.
    2. Required units
      Course duration Unit numbers and levels
      Units required Nominal degree length Introductory Intermediate Advanced
      24 3 year 8-10 6-10 6-10
      28 3.5 year 8-10 6-10 10-14
      32 4 year 8-10 6-10 14-18
      40 5 year 8-10 6-10 18-22

      The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

  5. Degree models

    1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

      • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
      • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
      • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
      • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
      • student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.
      • The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

    2. General model

      The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

    3. Specialist models

      The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

      • Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 3: either two standard majors, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student electives, or one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

  6. Enrolment conditions

    1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
    2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

  7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  8. Transition

    Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

NB: Academic Senate noted (31.10.08) that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.