Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Practices) (A3P)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 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

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses 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 Bachelor of Social Science (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.

Whether you wish to work in policing, forensics, intelligence, risk analysis, justice, legal or correctional services, the Bachelor of Social Science (Policing Practices) is the perfect degree to provide you with the knowledge and expertise for policing solutions in the real world.

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.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Policing Practices) is designed to provide students with high quality social science training together with specific knowledge and skills of policing.

  1. Critically evaluate and apply innovations in policing practice to ensure good policing outcomes for all stakeholders.
  2. Analyse 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. Synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge to identify and resolve complex policing problems.
  5. Communicate independently to provide clear, procedurally just, and professional advice to different audiences.
  6. Critically evaluate multiple sources of intelligence and evidence to facilitate ethical and professional practice.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Policing Practices) requires the completion of 300 credit points from the Schedule.

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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

 

Probation

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
HobartSpring school (extended)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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
HobartSpring school (extended)
HobartTasmania Police
HobartTasmania Police Intake 1

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

Complete all 25 credit points of Core units and 12.5 credit points (one unit) of Elective units.

Core

 

This unit is designed to provide police officers seeking advancement with contemporary evidence and best practice around the policing of domestic family violence. Topics to be covered include most recent research on risk factors, victim and offender characteristics and presentation,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit is designed to achieve an enhanced level of knowledge, understanding and competence in the areas of criminal procedure and evidence law. Students will consider the formal legal requirements leading to sound operational practice in areas such as arrest,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

 

Elective

This unit introduces you to educational psychology and the theories of learning, relating them to contemporary teaching practices. As a result of studying this unit, you will understand why contemporary teaching practice is focused on learning rather than just educational…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

PEM307 Evidence-led Policing Practice introduces students to the array of strategies used to identify gaps and critical issues in policing practices, and to evaluate alternative policy/practice solutions. In addition to learning the policy/practice development cycle, students will be exposed to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

The development and provision of education and training for professionals operating in police and emergency management environments requires knowledge of unique risk management processes and procedures mandated by legislation, and internal and external policies. This unit provides a critical understanding…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit examines the process of decision making in emergency management. You will analyse the elements that contribute to decision making in dynamic, complex, and uncertain environments as experienced in emergency management. The unit will address the processes, structures, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

The unit engages students in higher level police supervision skills and capabilities required of operational policing in an increasingly complex social, cultural, and economic environment. Students will engage with assignment work grounded in critically analysing how to provide initial and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

This unit examines the role of police in responding to critical incidents and emergency management situations, specifically focusing on frontline, tactical, command and control. Tactical policing practices and command and control (C2) are addressed in a variety of circumstances, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

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

Complete both Core units.

This unit examines the roles and functions that the police play as a major agency of governance in society. The structures and strategies of policing are analysed and the relationships between the police, other governmental institutions and the general public…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit examines the role of police in supervising emergency management, specifically focusing on command and control in policing. Operational policing practices are addressed in a variety of circumstances, and students are exposed to the issues involved in supervising command…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

Students who have completed the Associate Degree in Social Sciences (Policing Practices) and meet the eligibility criteria for the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Practices) may articulate with 200 credit points towards the Bachelor's degree.

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

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

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.

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