Courses & Units

What is Policing? HSP108



This unit provides students with an understanding of the contemporary nature of policing. Students will learn about the histories, governance, theories, and processes involved in policing work. It is recommended for those interested in pursuing a career in the police service as well as those occupational groups that routinely work closely with the police.


Unit name What is Policing?
Unit code HSP108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Teaching staff

Dr Steve Curnin

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this unit include:1. knowledge and understanding of contemporary policing practice in Australia and internationally

2. introductory knowledge about policing policies, practices and skills to demonstrate an understanding of challenges faced by policing officers in the 21st Century

3. introductory skills with writing in the form of essays and discussion forums, and conducting and reporting on social observation of policing and security in public spaces



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $805.00 2018: $1,615.00 091105

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Off-Campus only; on-line 1-hour weekly lectures, on-line weekly learning modules; on-line weekly discussion forum; no tutorials.


Self-introduction on discussion board due end of week 1 (worth 5%).

Two multiple choice online quizzes with 20 questions each (40 questions in total for both quizzes) with quiz one due Friday end of week 7 and quiz two due date Friday end of week 13 (worth 40%).

Case analysis of 1500 words, excluding reference list, due Friday end of week 11 (worth 40%).

Discussion forum participation (one post of 200 words maximum every week for 12 weeks) due Friday end of week 13 (worth 15%).

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