POLICE, SOCIETY & DEMOCRACY

LST2POL

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject discusses the history, institutional configuration, role and performance of police in Australia's socio-political context. 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, and the links between police and community, among other relevant aspects of police, law & order. After completing this course, students should be able to both understand fundamental facts about police and policing, and critically evaluate their role in a broader socio-political context.

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. Become 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 and quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Develop a sophisticated understanding of the contemporary challenges of policing in Australia and beyond

Activities:
Follow up, write and share with class a co-authored blog focusing on a specific challenge of policing, following the guidelines provided in class
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

03. Learn about police culture, and analyse its importance in police-society relations

Activities:
Write a short essay addressing a specific topic related to police culture, choosing from a selection provided by the lecturer
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

04. Learn and critique police reform efforts in Victoria, Australia and internationally

Activities:
On-line teaching clips and activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Understand the history of the police, with an emphasis on Victoria and Australia more generally

Activities:
On-line teaching clips and quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRaul Sanchez-Urribarri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000 word essay on Police Culture25 03
1,500 word coauthored blog35 02
Online quizzes/activities (1600 word equivalent)40 01, 04, 05