Homeland Security: Intelligence and Law Enforcement - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Issue briefing (5 min vodcast) (10%) , Assignment 2 - Policy brief (1,000 words) (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit introduces the emerging field of homeland security. It has a particular focus on the role of law enforcement and intelligence organisations in protecting the state from threats from within and without.

The unit provides an introduction to the field of policing, intelligence and counterterrorism and focuses on the operational level of national security. It begins with an overview of public and private law enforcement roles and policing theories. It also examines private sector security organisations

This approach distinguishes homeland security from national security, which is a broader, all-hazards concept. The unit complements PICX211, which focuses on government and private sector strategies for national security, and PICX213, which focuses on disaster resilience and crisis response.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. identify key agencies and functions in Australia’s national security community
  2. explain the various public and private sector law enforcement and intelligence roles which contribute to homeland security
  3. explain the integration of surveillance, intelligence and law enforcement in protecting the state from threats and vulnerabilities
  4. identify challenges to relationship building between sectors relevant to national security at the operational level
  5. assess homeland security issues from government, private sector and societal perspectives
  6. make judgments on operational needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in relation to legal, ethical and policy constraints.
  • Assignment 1 — Issue briefing (5 min vodcast) (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Policy brief (1,000 words) (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Operational plan (2,000 words) (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Group wiki (1,000 words each) (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The emerging field of homeland security
2The role of law enforcement and intelligence organizations
3Introduction to the field of policing, intelligence and counterterrorism
4Different approaches to security
5Private sector security organizations
6Public and private law enforcement roles and policing theories

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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