POLICE, SOCIETY & DEMOCRACY

LST2POL

2020

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-ordinatorEmma Russell

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 Crime, Justice and 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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Russell

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 42
Ten 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Ten 0.5 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Mid-term assignment (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Final project (1500-word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes/activities (1200-word equivalent)30 01, 03, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Russell

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 42
Ten 1.5 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Ten 0.5 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Mid-term assignment (1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Final project (1500-word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes/activities (1200-word equivalent)30 01, 03, 05