Australia's Approach to Law Enforcement - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (5%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 3,311.00
International 3,561.00

This unit was previously known as Strategic Law Enforcement.

Historically, the police, policing and law enforcement has been a localised function reflecting the customs, practices and traditions of an identifiable community, in this case Australia. The fact there are less than 10 policing organisations in the western world with more than 10,000 police (NSW Police Force being one) that police a population in the millions,  is rare. Modern policing in Australia now addresses multiple crime types and government policy perspectives. This unit provides students with the opportunity to critically reflect upon the role of the police, how policing and law enforcement exist and how it is influenced by in social systems, legal systems, economic development, conflict and globalisation of crime. As part of that understanding, State based policing, national policing and their relationship to international policing and policy will be explored.  

On completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the history and development of public and private organisations in the delivery of public safety
  2. Examine the complexities of private/public sector safety and security relationships 
  3. Critically evaluate the role and function of government in providing opportunities for the pluralisation of the law enforcement industry.
  4. Evaluate the delivery of law enforcement services in differing public settings
  5. Evaluate the delivery of law enforcement services in differing private settings
  6. Students will have an advanced understanding of Australia’s law enforcement policy    environment, including the contending roles of the Federal and State Police, judiciary, Attorney General’s department and the Australian Border Force.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (15%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (50%)

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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