Zero tolerance, policing protests, transnation crime, police culture, forensic psychology, community policing and social deviance are just a small sample of the topics examined in the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree. It is designed to give students high-quality social science training together with specific knowledge and skills of policing. Graduates with this degree will have the following:
The School of Government also offers three postgraduate coursework programs in Police Studies at the Hobart campus:
There are exciting possiblities for graduates with a Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree. The degree provides a quality academic base for those considering careers in policing. For serving police officers, the acquistion of tertiary qualifications is clearly becoming advantageous for career advancement. Indeed, the Department of Police and Public Safety Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (which involves Commissioner's scholarships and interest-free loans) are incentives for current police officers to undertake university study.
" As a graduate of the University of Tasmania, I recognise the importance of tertiary education and I commend to you the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree." Richard McCreadie, Commissioner, Tasmania Police.
You can apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree. If you are currently studying for another degree you will be able to apply for entry into the fourth year BA(Hons) degree in either Public Policy or Political Science (subject to achieving required results) if you have studied one of these majors and finished the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) degree. After honours, you can complete a Master of Arts or PhD. Through the partnership between the University and the Tasmanian Department of Police and Emergency Management, specific research tasks are undertaken for Tasmania Police and other law enforcement agencies. At the completion of your degree you will also be able to apply for entry to one of the postgraduate coursework programs offered by the School of Government. These are the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Master of Police Studies, International Politics, Regional Development Policy, Public Policy and Public Administration (International).
The University of Tasmania has a very generous program of both academic scholarships and access scholarships. Tasmania Scholarships are valued between $3,000 per year and $10,000 per year and are available to students entering the Faculty of Arts for the duration of a degree course. Generous sponsors also provide a range of scholarships on an ongoing basis to encourage students in their study at UTAS. Access scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance.
Commonwealth Learning Scholarships provide $4,000 a year for four years for rural and regional students leaving home to study and $2,000 per year for four years for other students from low socio-economic circumstances. The University has recently introduced a program of overseas scholarships fro those students who whish to study at an international university during their UTAS degree. These are valued at arounc $1,000. The faculty will provide an aditional $1,500 for successful applicants. The Tasmania Scholarships brochure, which is published each July, gives information on what is offered in the next academic year. You can get a copy either from the Tasmania Scholarships Office at the University on (03) 6226 2521 or on the web at www.scholarships.utas.edu.au or from the careers adviser in your school.
Police Studies Police Studies in Service Pathways
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
22 April, 2013