ATS2458 - Crime, control and policing - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jarrett Blaustein


Dr Jarrett Blaustein

Not offered in 2019


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.




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 completion of this subject students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Identify key criminological approaches to the study of policing;
  2. Demonstrate research skills using University library and databases to access contemporary scholarship and data to inform written and in class discussions;
  3. Demonstrate depth of knowledge and comprehension of key criminological concepts of policing, power and control;
  4. Communicate well-structured, evidenced and organised responses to questions pertaining to contemporary debates in policing; and
  5. Identify and synthesise the foundational and contemporary debates around contemporary challenges in policing and analysis of policing practices and its impact.


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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