Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Asher Flynn


This unit critically analyses concepts of policing and control both by and beyond the state. Drawing from Australian and international experiences, this unit is divided into three key modules:

  1. theorising policing, whereby we move beyond examining police and policing solely in regards to state intervention and control, to instead consider it in light of self-regulation and agency, populist discourse, power and the broader operation of policing and government policy;
  2. contemporary challenges in policing, including responding to new technologies and offences, such as stalking, cybercrime and sexting, as well as challenges arising in relation to police misconduct and corruption, the use of deadly force, and accountability; and
  3. policing of diversity, in which we examine policing and control in the context of marginalised groups, including, but not limited to LGBTI, young people, Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will have developed:

  1. A critical awareness of contemporary trends in policing;
  2. A broad understanding of various theories relating to policing, power, governance and control;
  3. An understanding of the contemporary challenges involved in state-based policing;
  4. The skills to think critically about the central concepts and discuss, present and write about them in an accessible, structured and informed way;
  5. The ability to formulate ideas and present a fluid and logical argument about the role and nature of policing both by and beyond the state, based on evidence and theory;
  6. A critical awareness of the issues that emerge in relation to the policing of marginalised groups, both by and beyond the state.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Criminology.