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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Associate Professor David Baker


Not offered in 2016


This unit explores policing in its generic sense. A broad range of investigative and control mechanisms, both in the public and private sectors, is examined in terms of curbing crime, criminal tendencies and threats. This unit appraises recent expansionary changes in state-sponsored policing and security organisations. It explores the recent shift from law enforcement to preventative risk management strategies and technologies. Issues such as the emergence of the 'risk society', the privatisation of policing, tensions between surveillance and personal privacy, and estimations of the risk of dangerousness characterising particular offender groups are examined and critiqued.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students are expected to have developed:1) a critical understanding of contemporary practice and research relating to policing and security; 2) a capacity to examine and critique contemporary control practices employed in policing, security and risk management;3) an understanding of contemporary surveillance, control and management strategies employed to curb crime and violence in various situations;4) a critical understanding of both the function of security and theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment;5) enhanced problem-solving skills;6) the ability to evaluate information and research critically;7) the ability to design and communicate policy concepts clearly and logically about policing, security and risk management.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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