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2012 Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies)(R3K)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 9 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6226 2319


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.

Admission & 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.

Course 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.

Articulation to/from Course

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.

Miscellaneous 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.

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