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Policing Practices in Context HSP314


3rd year core unit for Police Studies major in BSocSc(Police Studies) degree, conventional pathway


This unit examines major issues concerning contemporary policing practices including such topics as policing hate crime, policing public order and dissent, cross-border policing, policing illicit drug use, policing domestic violence, and policing in a post 9/11 climate. Crime management strategies and forensic practices will also be examined. Case material will be drawn from Australian and international policing contexts. This unit is an advanced policing unit focused on elaborating the difficult and complex issues impacting on policing work in the contemporary context. Students will critically engage with some of the more wicked problems of policing, often involving many intersecting ethical and human rights issues in police decision making, and often leading to very serious outcomes for police, victims, and offenders. This unit will present a range of police practices upon which to reflect, in order to critically analyse the work of contemporary police in Australia and overseas.


Unit name Policing Practices in Context
Unit code HSP314
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Doctor James Dwyer
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge about social, cultural, historical, and ethical factors impacting on policing practices and understanding transformation movements and trends in policing.
  • Critically analyse policing practices in terms of complex social, cultural, historical, and ethical concerns for police, victims, and offenders.
  • Undertake secondary research using information literacy skills related to the subject matter.
  • Communicate knowledge and research results related to the subject matter in the form of essays and online discussion.
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100 points of Arts introductory or intermediate level electives


AssessmentEssay - Alternative policing response (30%)|Major Essay (50%)|Discussion Forum Participation (20%)
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