POLICE, SOCIETY & DEMOCRACY

LST2POL

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject discusses the history, institutional configuration, role and performance of police in Australia's democratic political context, and offers points of comparisons to other countries (democratic or else) around the world. To these ends, we explore a variety of questions concerning the police and its role in our criminal justice system; the relevance of policing for a democratic society; police culture; the links between police and community;contemporary challenges of policing (including transnational policing),among other relevant aspects of police and policing. After completing this course, students should be able to understand fundamental facts about police and policing, and critically evaluate the police's role in Australia and beyond.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Legal Studies or Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST3POL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be familiar with the key theoretical underpinnings of police and policing, plus a survey of the current institutional framework in Victoria

Activities:
On-line teaching clips, workshop, quizzes and midterm examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

02. Discuss the contemporary challenges of policing in Australia and beyond

Activities:
Follow up, write and share with class a co-authored project focused on a specific challenge of policing, following the guidelines provided in class
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

03. Understand and analyse the importance of police culture in police-society relations

Activities:
On-line teaching clips, workshop, quizzes & midterm examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

04. Critique police reform efforts in Victoria, Australia and internationally

Activities:
On-line teaching clips and activities / develop co-authored project focused on a specific challenge of policing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

05. Know the history of the police, with an emphasis on Victoria and other law enforcement agencies in Australia

Activities:
On-line teaching clips, workshop, quizzes, and midterm examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 42
Eleven 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 43 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 43 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 42
Eight 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500 word Midterm Examination30 01, 03, 05
1,500 word coauthored project about current policing challenges and presentation30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes/activities (1000 word equivalent)30 01, 04, 05
Preparation for Presentation of coauthored project10 02