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Contemporary Social Issues and 'At Risk' Populations B HSP332

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 complex social issues concerning diversity and discrimination based on age, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and mental and physical disabilities, and other vulnerability attributes. The challenges faced by police organisations, and by front-line officers in particular, in the provision of appropriate policing services to address the needs of vulnerable people, are explored. Attention is focused on the roles first-responding officers can play through timely and tailored interventions to alleviate particular social problems or to refer the case to other appropriate individuals or agencies. Restorative justice principles and youth intervention and diversionary strategies are also taught.


Unit name Contemporary Social Issues and 'At Risk' Populations B
Unit code HSP332
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Coordinator Associate Professor Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the key concepts and theories related to the subject matter, by understanding the influence of historical and societal factors on policing practices and understanding transformation movements and trends in policing.
  • Compare, contrast and evaluate concepts, theories and case studies related to the subject matter, by articulating policing theories and practices and critically analysing the implementation of policing theories.
  • Undertake secondary research using information literacy skills related to the subject matter.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate critical analysis of policies and procedure, according to their various contexts and the social events, cues and development that have shaped public policies. A thorough understanding of equity principles is essential for the critical analysis of people’s access to services. Students are to be able to articulate the ideas of ‘access to services’, and notions of ‘equity’, as they feature in policies and procedures directed at disadvantaged social groups.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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