International Policing Systems (Previously: Comparative Policing) - 2017

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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: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

Historically, policing and law enforcement have been a localised function, reflecting the customs, practices and traditions of an identifiable community. The fact that there are still less than 10 policing organisations in the western world with a staffing component of more than 10,000, yet a policing population that numbers in the millions only serves to reinforce the perspective that even in the modern context policing has a local community based focus. However, that is not the case in developing countries. These are characterised by large centralised militaristic organisations that have a greater focus on order and status quo than in engagement and partnerships. This unit provides students with the opportunity to investigate law enforcement and policing options with respect to the influences of social systems, legal systems, economic development, conflict and globalisation of crime. Students will develop an understanding of the advantages/disadvantages of current systems, the possible impacts of future developments and the impact of globalisation on law enforcement. As part of that understanding, a select number of specific current, key international issues will be reviewed.

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. critique the theories that underpin the development of policing systems around the world
  2. analyse the major forms of policing system in use globally with the ability to compare and contrast the merits of each
  3. distinguish the socio/economic/political factors that determine how policing systems are employed
  4. analyse specific contemporary challenges that impact on policing systems on a global scale
  5. examine the strategies used to meet the contemporary challenges confronting international policing authorities.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (50%)

This unit addresses the following topics.


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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