Courses & Units

Investigating Social Behaviour A HSP133

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


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


This unit explores two important aspects of policing related to investigations - (i) custody and detention 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 studied. 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 studied.


Unit name Investigating Social Behaviour A
Unit code HSP133
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Doctor Romy Winter
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of the key concepts, legislation, policy and procedures related to the subject matter
  • identify, analyse and evaluate relevant issues and arguments, using evidence to justify your answers and /or actions.
  • communicate knowledge and research/investigation related to the subject matter in an eportfolio (eworkbook).
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AssessmentExamination - invigilated (centrally) (100%)
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