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This unit is only available to Tasmania Police recruits/professionals.


This unit explores two important aspects of policing related to investigations - (i) custody and dentention and (ii) coronial investigation. In regard to coronial investigation, the unit provides knowledge and skills in the roles police play in assisting the coroner to determine causes of sudden death and fires through inquest hearings. Relevant legal, cultural, ethical considerations and grief management interventions are studies. In regard to custody and detention, the unit provides knowledge and skills in the use of police powers to withdraw a suspect or offender's liberty, afford their rights, provide duty of care requirements and obtain forensic reference samples. In particular, risks associated with detention - including those concerning children, juveniles and individuals from other "at risk" communities - are analysed and assessed. Relevant ethical and legal considerations are studies.

Summary 2020

Unit name Investigating Social Behaviour A
Unit code HSP133
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management

Dr Romy Winter

Teaching staff

Dr Romy Winter and Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron

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



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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • HSP123


Teaching Pattern

39 contact hours


1500 word written assignment (20%); 2 one hour tests (15% each = 30%); 2 hour end of semester exam (50%).

Students must achieve 60% or more in all assessment components in order to gain an Ungraded Pass in this unit.

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