Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices) (A2P)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Online
Police Study Period 1, Police Study Period 2, Police Study Period 3

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

"What I was able to learn from this course is how  the  police  can really help the more vulnerable members of the society."

Nikayla Roach
The Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices) builds on a strong social science foundation with specific knowledge and skills of policing.

The degree brings together a range of disciplines that relate to human experience and behaviour, such as policing, criminology, risk management, law, sociology and psychology, politics, and public policy.

The Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management in Tasmania endorses these professional programs. The Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme (which involves Commissioner's scholarships and interest-free loans) is an incentive for eligible Tasmania Police officers to undertake study at the University of Tasmania

  • 1 Explain recent innovations in policing practice and their relationship to good policing outcomes for all stakeholders.
  • 2 Document and appreciate the roles and expectations of police in the context of a changing society.
  • 3 Demonstrate judgement and accountability in applying the ethical and legal requirements of the policing profession.
  • 4 Explain the conceptual and practical knowledge required to identify complex policing problems.
  • 5 Communicate under supervision to provide clear, procedurally just, and professional advice to different audiences.
  • 6 Recognise the multiple sources of intelligence and evidence needed to facilitate ethical and professional practice.
  • Course structure

    This unit examines the roles that police play in society as a major agency of government responsible for the critical functions of order maintenance and law enforcement. Its purpose is to develop knowledge and skills in three broad areas of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines complex social issues undermining public order and safety and the social, psychological, and physical risks posed to individuals, groups and the community by disorderly behaviour. The management of these risks concerning such matters as alcohol and drug…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines the new harmonized national work, health and safety legislation, associated regulations and codes of practice and the roles that police play in their implementation. This includes interventions dealing with dynamic and formal risk assessments including hazard identification,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    This unit is currently unavailable.

    This unit explores two important aspects of policing related to investigations: custody and detention; and coronial investigation. Regarding coronial investigation, the unit provides knowledge and skills in the roles police play in assisting the coroner to determine causes of sudden…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit is aligned with Module 8: Effective workplace communication and leadership in the Tasmania Police Recruit Course. This unit requires students to consider the theory and practice around conflict resolution & negotiation, speaking and communicating with a wide range…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit covers the functionality and usage of various ICT systems and infrastructure within policing, such as IDM (Information Data Management), TRIM (Records Management), EDACS (Enhanced Digital Access Communications System) and others. It also provides a basic introduction to how…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit gives students an understanding of and opportunity to apply their knowledge of the common law legal system in the context of arrest, search and evidentiary considerations as a police witness and criminal incident investigator. It covers a range…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit introduces the field of forensic practice, including crime scene investigation, forensic science, e-forensics, forensic interventions in social work, the sociology of forensic science, and related ethical considerations. The unit provides an overview of the history and development of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines complex social problems underlying interpersonal violence and the social, psychological, and physical risks posed to individuals, groups, and the community by this form of behaviour. The management of these risks concerning such matters as family violence, sexual…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines the complex social problems concerning property loss, damage and misappropriation through theft, residential and business burglary, fraud and e-crime, arson and unlawful fire-setting and the significant social, psychological and physical risks posed to individuals, groups and the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines contemporary social issues relating to drug abuse and its policing, which is one of the most complex and controversial topics confronting today's society. The unit focuses on the demand for, and the supply of illicit and licit…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    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

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit examines the complex social issues associated with deprivation, diversity and discrimination based on a variety of vulnerability attributes (social determinants of health) and their relevance to policing. The challenges faced by police organisations, and by frontline officers in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSpring school (extended)
    HobartPolice Study Period 1
    HobartPolice Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The Applied Policing Practicum 1 requires students to complete 960 hours of applied policing under supervision, and the completion of an Applied Policing Practicum portfolio [APPP], which documents the acquisition and certification of practical knowledge and skills taught during the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    HobartSpring school (extended)

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The Applied Policing Practicum 2 requires students to complete 960 hours of applied policing under supervision, and the completion of an Applied Policing Practicum portfolio [APPP], which documents the acquisition and certification of practical knowledge and skills taught during the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    HobartSpring school (extended)

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    This program is only available to candidates who have received a Certificate of Professional Suitability from an Australian policing service after completion of all recruitment tests and examinations.

    Police officers seeking to transfer from other Australian policing jurisdictions may be granted advanced standing and/or recognition for prior learning for units in the Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices) and will be required to complete some learning that is specific to the jurisdictional context (for example, law).

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $69,088 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $33,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

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

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