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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Details

Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies)

Abbreviation: BSocSc(PoliceStudies)

Course code: R3K

Course contact (faculty or school) (03) 6226 2319

Schedules of units

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Schedule A  |  1. Police Studies major (compulsory)  |  2. History major  |  4. Information Systems major (Hobart)  |  7. Public Policy major

Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) – Course Specifications

Introductory comments

The Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) is a vocationally-oriented course offered by the Faculty of Arts at both the Hobart and Launceston campuses. Students may study full-time or part-time and have nine enrolment years, including the year of passing the first unit for the degree, in which to complete course requirements.

Admission & prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. These include several categories of special admission, such as mature age. No subject prerequisites apply to this degree. In addition, applicants who have completed the Tasmania Police Recruitment Course (TPRC) are eligible for admission. Entry to the course occurs normally in February, and there may be limited entry in July.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) is designed to provide students with high quality social science training together with specific knowledge and skills of policing. Graduates with this degree will have learned the following: to understand and analyse complex issues concerning policing practice in contemporary society; to understand the changing roles and expectations of police in the context of a changing society; to articulate the interaction between theory and practice in police studies; to develop a broad array of intellectual, practical and professional capabilities; to develop critical, analytical and communication skills; and to organise and conduct research projects.

Career outcomes

The degree provides a sound academic base for those considering careers in policing. For serving police officers, the acquisition of tertiary qualifications is clearly becoming advantageous for career advancement.

Course structure

To qualify for the degree, students must complete successfully a number of units weighted at 100% at level 100, 100% at level 200, and 100% at level 300 (ie a total of 300%).

At level 100 (first year), students must complete 100% in units from four disciplines (weighted at a maximum of 25% for each discipline) which are listed in two categories (A1 and A2) in Schedule A.

At least two disciplines must be chosen from List A1 – Introduction to Government 1A and 1B (level 100 units that constitute parts of the Public Policy and Political Science majors), Sociology, Social Ecology, History.

No more than two disciplines can be chosen from List A2 – Psychology, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Introduction to Law. Note that students who include Introduction to Law in their program of study are not permitted to undertake a Law major as part of this particular degree in subsequent years.

At level 200 (second year), students must complete 50% in units from the Police Studies major and 50% from one of the disciplines chosen at level 100 (apart from Law).

At level 300 (third year), students must complete 50% in units from the Police Studies major and 50% from the discipline chosen to continue at level 200 (which then becomes the second major).

Note too, that students must include three compulsory ‘core’ units in their Police Studies major program: Policing and Governance (taught in Hobart and Launceston), Social and Political Research (taught in Hobart and Launceston), and either Criminology (taught in Hobart only) or Crime and Criminal Justice (taught in Launceston and by distance education in 2003) or Sociology of Deviance (taught in Hobart in 2003).

Sample course structure 1
Year 1 (100%)  
Introduction to Law 25%
Introduction to Government A and B 25%
Human Resource Management 25%
Sociology 25%
Year 2 (100%)  
Police Studies 50%
Sociology 50%
Year 3 (100%)  
Police Studies 50%
Sociology 50%
  Total 300%
  Police Studies major 100%
  Sociology major 125%
Sample course structure 2

With credit for Tasmania Police Recruitment Course (TPRC)

Year 1 (100%)  
Introduction to Government A & B 25%
TPRC credit 25%
Sociology 25%
History 25%
Year 2 (100%)  
Police Studies 25%
TPRC credit 25%
Public Policy 50%
Year 3 (100%)  
Police Studies 50%
Public Policy 50%
  Totals 300%
  Police Studies major 100%
  Public Policy major 125%
Credit for previous study

Tasmania Police Recruitment Course graduates are eligible to receive a total of 50% credit – unspecified 25% credit at level 100 and 25% credit at level 200 towards the Police Studies major. They are still required to take at least two level 100 disciplines from List A1 but are required to take only one level 100 discipline from List A2.

Tasmania Police Sergeants Course graduates are eligible to receive unspecified 12.5% credit at level 200 or level 300 towards the degree for studies completed since 1998. Tasmania Police Inspectors Course graduates are eligible to receive unspecified 25% credit at level 200 or level 300 towards the degree for studies completed since 1998.

A student who has completed or partly completed another degree from this University or another approved institution can apply for credit for their previous study towards the BSocSc(PoliceStudies) degree.

Location and notices

The BSocSc(PoliceStudies) degree course and the Police Studies major are coordinated from the School of Government. The School is located on the top floor (or Level 5) of the Arts Building in Hobart. Inquiries should be directed to Dr Robert Hall (Room 503, phone (03) 6226 2319) or to the Secretary of the School (Room 504, phone (03) 6226 2329). Students attending the Launceston campus may consult Dr Tony McCall (School of Government, Room L220, phone (03) 6324 3262) for immediate advice about the course if for any reason they cannot contact Dr Hall.

Note: The following information is NOT included in the printed edition of the Course and Unit Handbook

Additional Information

The following information answers some frequently asked questions.
Note, however, details should be confirmed with the appropriate authority

Responsible faculty or school | Faculty of Arts

Campus(es) offered | Hobart | Launceston

Mode of delivery | Full time | Part time

Course duration | 3 years minimum (6 semesters)

Majors and Specialisations | Hobart majors: police studies, history, human resource management, information systems, political science, psychology, social ecology, sociology, public policy | Launceston majors: police studies, history, human resource management, social ecology, sociology, psychology, political science, public policy

Costs (course fees only – annual) | HECS: YES

Students enrolled in this course | Total students enrolled last year: 100

Approximate student-staff contact hours | 12 hrs weekly 26 wks

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