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CRI3015 - Police and Society

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dean Wilson


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Students analyse the evolution of policing.Various Australian and comparative histories, theories,evidence and issues related to the role of police and policing are explored. Topics are explored through the prism of human rights, civil liberties, social control, crime control, crime prevention, accountability and the role of the state. Paramilitary and transnationalpolicing are investigated along with the impact of policing models and strategies on conflict and the differential impact of policing on diverse communities. Contemporary and comparative issues include the impact of new technologies, neo-liberalism, and globalisation.


Upon successful completion of the subject students will have developed:

  1. a critical awareness of the origins of policing in Australia and early policing histories
  2. a critical awareness of development of policing and its contemporary trends
  3. an understanding of the various theories and models of policing and the police role in society
  4. the skills to critically analyse debates about the role and nature of policing in society throughout history and in contemporary times
  5. an ability to present a fluid and logical argument about the role of police and policing in society
  6. the ability to formulate ideas about the role and nature of policing in different societies, countries and over time, based on evidence and theory
  7. an understanding of the factors influencing the different models and forms of policing
  8. third year students will develop a greater critical awareness and intellectual synthesis of all the topics and issues under consideration


Tutorial contribution:10%, Essay 2500 words: 40%,
Exam 2000 words: 50%

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week


CJC1001 Understanding Crime CJC1002 Criminal Justice in Action: Police, Courts and Corrections These subjects are prerequisites only if students wish to undertake a Criminal Justice and Criminology major. The subject can be taken as an elective without prerequisites.