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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 2021

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

Dr 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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Learning Outcomes

  1. The skills, judgement and resolve to effectively and safely respond manage and resolve violent or potentially violent incidents with a minimum amount of force.
  2. You will understand the concepts of de-escalation and the force continuum and be able to identify and interpret the legislation, policy and procedures that provide the relevant guidance and apply this to your practice.
  3. You will be proficient at using a range of skills to avoid confrontation and conflict.
  4. You will be able to recognise risk to yourself and others and apply appropriate strategies to reduce that risk.
  5. You will understand the link between theory and practice, and draw on a range of theories and knowledge to reflect on and refine their practice.
  6. You will demonstrate a growing understanding of how the values of integrity, accountability and equity are, and can be, embedded in practice.
  7. You will be able to identify the relevant accountability measures, e.g.: reporting, locate the sources of guidance for these measures and apply this guidance to the required procedures and the production of accurate and reliable records.
  8. Communicate knowledge and research/investigation related to the subject matter in an ePortfolio (eWorkbook).





Mutual Exclusions

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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