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


This unit provides knowledge and direct practice of operational conflict management strategies and defensive and restraining tactics used in police interventions to de-escalate and resolve conflictual situations in a variety of contexts. "Use of force" principles and concepts - including the "reasonable force equation" and the "force continuum" - are examined. Tactical options and risk assessment measures used when approaching, restraining, searching and detaining suspects and offenders - including those who are violent and/or drug/alcohol intoxicated and those who are situated in an intercepted motor vehicle - are taught. Integrity issues associated with the "excessive use of force" are analysed.

Summary 2020

Unit name Social Conflict Resolution B
Unit code HSP234
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management

Romy Winter

Teaching staff

Dr Romy Winter and Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron

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



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

  • HSP224


Teaching Pattern

34 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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