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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.

Summary 2020

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

James Dwyer

Teaching staff

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



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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



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Teaching Pattern

Off-Campus only: 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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