Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject draws upon Victorian, Australian and international examples, to address critical issues relating to the history, expansion, role and performance of police in society. Throughout the subject, we will consider questions such as: what does the way a society is policed tell us about that society? Does policing represent the interests of all members of society? Is policing a positive force of social cohesion? What are the broader implications of policing? Topics canvassed in this subject include: law and order policing; the making of police - their training and culture; the use of force; police corruption and accountability; paramilitary policing; the policing of diverse communities; and the "fact" of policing versus the "fiction" of policing.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

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 subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Subject not currently offered - Subject options not available.