Courses & Units

Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) R3K

This course is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.

Introduction

Contact person: Dr R Hall.

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 nine 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(Police Studies)
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 033204D
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

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 Government. The School is located on Level 5 of the Arts Building in Hobart. Inquiries should be directed to Dr Robert Hall, Room 503, phone (03) 6226 2319 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, such as mature age. No subject prerequisites apply to this degree. In addition, applicants who have completed the Tasmania Police Recruitment Course (TPRC) are eligible for admission. Entry to the course occurs normally in February, and there may be limited entry in July.

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 studyTasmania Police Recruitment Course graduates are eligible to receive a total of 50% credit - unspecified 25% credit at level 100 and 25% credit at level 200 towards the Police Studies major. They are still required to take at least two level 100 disciplines from List A1 but are required to take only one level 100 discipline from List A2.

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

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.

To qualify for the degree, students must complete successfully a number of units weighted at 100% at level 100, 100% at level 200, and 100% at level 300 (ie a total of 300%).

At level 100 (first year), students must complete 100% in units from four disciplines (weighted at a maximum of 25% for each discipline) which are listed in two categories (A1 and A2) in Schedule A.

At least two disciplines must be chosen from List A1 - Government (level 100 units that constitute parts of the International Relations, Public Policy and Political Science majors), Sociology, Social Ecology (Hobart or distance study only), History, Philosophy.

No more than two disciplines can be chosen from List A2 - Psychology, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Law. Note that students who include Law in their program of study are not permitted to undertake a Law major as part of this particular degree in subsequent years.

At level 200 (second year), students must complete 50% in units from the Police Studies major and 50% from one of the disciplines chosen at level 100 (apart from Law).

At level 300 (third year), students must complete 50% in units from the Police Studies major and 50% from the discipline chosen to continue at level 200 (which then becomes the second major).

Note too, that students must include three compulsory 'core' units in their Police Studies major program: HSD205 Policing and Governance , HSP314 Policing Practices, and either LAW615 Criminology or HGA206/306 Crime and Criminal Justice or HGA259/359 Sociology of Deviance .

Sample course structure 1

Year 1 (100%)
Law 25%
Government 25%
Human Resource Management 25%
Sociology 25%
Year 2 (100%)
Police Studies 50%
Sociology 50%
Year 3 (100%)
Police Studies 50%
Sociology 50%
Total 300%
Police Studies major 100%
Sociology major 125%

Sample course structure 2

With credit for Tasmania Police Recruitment Course (TPRC)

Year 1 (100%)
Government 25%
TPRC credit 25%
Sociology 25%
History 25%
Year 2 (100%)
Police Studies 25%
TPRC credit 25%
Public Policy 50%
Year 3 (100%)
Police Studies 50%
Public Policy 50%
Totals 300%
Police Studies major 100%
Public Policy major 125%

Course Structure

Schedule A

1. Police Studies major (compulsory)

3. Human Resource Management major

4. Information Systems major (Hobart)

5. International Relations major

  • HIR201The Great Powers

    This unit is primarily concerned with changing power structures in contemporary international relations. It thus focuses on assessing the policy intentions and power capabilities of great and rising powers such as the United States, China, the UK, France, Russia and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • HIR203International Relations of Asia

    An introduction to the most important themes and issues in the international relations of the region. Students will gain a basic understanding of how the major frameworks of international relations interpret the Asian region. The unit will focus on domestic,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • 7. Psychology major

    8. Political Science major

  • HPP204Parties, Elections and Campaigns

    This unit examines the changing politics of representation in the 21st Century. The unit outlines established theories of representation before assessing the traditional institutions, such as political parties, involved in this task. The second half of the unit examines new…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • 9. Public Policy major-(Now incorporated into Political Science)

  • HPP201Politics and the State

    This unit examines how and why new forms of governance have evolved over the past 25 years in response to deficiencies and policy failures of traditional public administration. Drawing on new insights from such fields as political science, organization theory,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • HPP202The Politics of Policy

    This unit puts the art of policy making into a political context and introduces students to theoretical tools for policy analysis. It examines the role and influence of values, power, governance, institutions and actors upon decision-making. Students are also introduced…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • 10. Social Ecology major*

  • Core unit:
  • Plus a further 25% of core units chosen from:
  • HGA203Social and Political Research

    The unit provides an introduction to social research as practiced in the social sciences, particularly sociology. Students will be introduced to research methods that enable the collection and analysis of data relating to a range of social phenomena. They will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • HGA303Social and Political Research

    The unit provides an introduction to social research as practiced in the social sciences, particularly sociology. Students will be introduced to research methods that enable the collection and analysis of data relating to a range of social phenomena. They will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • And a further 62.5% of units chosen from the Social Ecology units listed in the Bachelor of Arts Schedule.
  • 11. Sociology major

  • HGA202Sociological Analysis of Modern Society

    SAMS is a core unit for students completing a sociology major. It provides students with an understanding of the theoretical models and concepts developed by sociologists to explain the major social transformations of Western industrial democracies from the end of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • HGA203Social and Political Research

    The unit provides an introduction to social research as practiced in the social sciences, particularly sociology. Students will be introduced to research methods that enable the collection and analysis of data relating to a range of social phenomena. They will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for HGA203 Social and Political Research

  • HGA303Social and Political Research

    The unit provides an introduction to social research as practiced in the social sciences, particularly sociology. Students will be introduced to research methods that enable the collection and analysis of data relating to a range of social phenomena. They will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for HGA303 Social and Political Research

  • And a further 75% of units chosen from the Sociology units listed in the Bachelor of Arts schedule.
  • 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


    Entry

    1 The Faculty of Arts may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) a candidate who
    [i] is qualified for entry under the University's Rules of Admission; or
    [ii] has completed the Tasmania Police Recruitment Course; or
    [iii] is deemed by the Faculty to have sufficient professional experience to complete the course satisfactorily.
    2 Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than nine years, from the time of first enrolment, including the year of passing the first unit claimed to count towards the degree.

    Course structure

    3 [i] To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall complete 100% at each of Levels 100, 200 and 300 (first, second and third year) -- a total of 300%.
    [ii] Units must be selected from the accompanying schedule to meet the requirements for
    (a) one major in Police Studies (comprising 50% at 200 level, plus 50% in units at 300 level -- a total 100%),
    plus
    (b) one major in either Public Policy, Sociology, Social Ecology, Political Science, Psychology, History or Human Resource Management (comprising 25% at 100 level, 50% at 200 level and 50% at 300 level -- total 125%).
    [iii] The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the accompanying Schedule.
    4 [i] Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites in the accompanying Schedule.
    [ii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 50%.
    [iii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
    [iv] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean.

    Credit for previous studies

    5 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.
    Students who have completed satisfactorily the Tasmanian Police Recruitment Course (TPRC) will be granted credit of 25% Level 100 (Unspecified) and 25% level 200 (towards the Police Studies major).

    Miscellaneous

    6 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
    7 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2001 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree. Candidates who have passed in units towards the BSocSc(Police Studies) under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2001 will be entitled either to transfer to the revised BSocSc(Police Studies) with full equivalent credit or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.
    8 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) shall be BSocSc(Police Studies).