CULT 1012 Policing, Justice and Society

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102318

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Description In this introductory unit to policing, who the police are, what they do and the practice of policing will be described explained and analysed. The unit will consider the communities, groups and individuals the practice of policing exposes the police and other criminal justice agencies to. Students will consider and critically think about contemporary strategies and approaches applied to policing practice in the 21st Century. Students in this unit will also explore policing theory and apply it to practice. As this is an introductory unit, a focus on developing students' academic skills such as writing for university, reading and annotating will feature throughout the delivery of content.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects CULT 1013 - Policing Justice and Society JUST 2012 - Law Evidence and Procedure CULT 1016 - Theories and Concepts of Policing CULT 1015 - Theories and Concepts of Policing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Describe and explain past and contemporary policing practices and approaches in a democratic society;
  2. Compare and contrast the range of policing roles;
  3. Articulate the various policing models and strategies available;
  4. Examine theories and concepts used to inform policing practice when working with communities, groups and individuals in which the police and other related agencies engage with.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of and application of basic academic skills

Subject Content

1. Introduction to the subject and examining the ?epolice?f and ?epolicing?f
2. Historical and Comparative development of policing practice in Australia
3. Policing in a legal context (Online lecture)
4. Study skills in Criminal Justice (Online lecture)
5. Policing, Justice and Intersectionality (Online lecture)
6. Working with victims
7. Interviewing and working with suspects (Online lecture)
8. Offender profiling, crime analysis and policing practice
9. Partnership working and policing practice (Online lecture)
10. Models of policing
11. The Privatisation of Criminal Justice
12. Review and Revision of unit


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Self Reflection (due week 4) 500 words 20 Y Individual
Short answer exercise (due week 10) 1,500 words 30 Y Individual
Online quiz/exam preparation (due in week 12) 1 x online quiz 10 Y Individual
Final Examination – multiple choice 2 hours 40 Y Individual

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