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Contemporary Social Issues and 'At Risk' Populations A HSP232

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


Please note: this unit is only available to students accepted into the In-Service Pathway of 13D Bachelor of Social Sciences (Police Studies).


This unit examines contemporary social issues relating to drug abuse and its policing; 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
drugs. Policing policies and legal implications relating to supply reduction and harm reduction through prohibition,
minimization and drug diversionary programs are critically analysed and assess
ed. The ethical risks associated
with drug law enforcement are also explored. Particular focus is placed on youth drug abuse and its impact on street
level crime and road safety, and the critical importance of early intervention and discretionary options,
at the street
level, for juvenile offenders.


Unit name Contemporary Social Issues and 'At Risk' Populations A
Unit code HSP232
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 Intermediate


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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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