Courses & Units

Police Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement HSP406



Please note, this unit is only available to students approved for study in the Public Sector Leadership & Management specialisation of R4C Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours. For further information, please contact


Police are expected to be ethical, diverse thinking leaders both within their own sphere of command and within their community.  They ensure a safe working environment in their management of police human resources, whilst also building capability, modelling inclusivity and respect, being emotionally intelligent, and engaging in reflective practice.  They are required to exercise effective strategic judgement and decision making, and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, to influence police practice and policy in innovative, creative ways.  Police leaders contribute to and implement strategic organisational change and influence police policy.

This unit engages students in the higher order leadership and engagement skills for policing in an increasingly complex social, cultural, and economic environment. Students will engage with assignment work grounded in critical reflection and leadership theories in ways that will synthesise their performance and the issues facing police today.


Unit name Police Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
Unit code HSP406
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Teaching staff

Dr Angela Dwyer

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Spring school (extended) 26/10/2020 18/11/2020 21/12/2020 14/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply leadership theories to your practice and review your own capabilities as an ethical leader through self-awareness and reflection.
  2. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to manage human resources.
  3. Influence and drive change in police policy and practices.
  4. Engage with stakeholders ensuring alignment of their needs and expectations around diversity and policing with Victoria Police’s strategic priorities and objectives.
  5. Apply critical thinking to make judgements and decisions that advance the Victoria Police’s purpose and direction through innovative and creative solutions to problems.
  6. Communicate persuasively in presentation and written formats at a level commensurate with a respectful, diverse thinking Victoria Police manager.



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 091105

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

In-house residential, 1 x 1 hour lecture weekly


Assessment Task 1: Leadership Essay, 40%

Assessment Task 2: Stakeholder Engagement Preparation, unweighted

Assessment Task 3: Stakeholder engagement presentation, unweighted

Assessment Task 4: Reflection on Stakeholder Engagement Exercise, 20% of the final grade

Assessment Task 5: Critical Policy Analysis Essay, 40%

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