Police Leadership and Governance (Previously: Strategic Policing) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

In the modern western democratic environment, the issues of leadership and governance are never far from the surface of any policing organisation. What was historically a bureaucratic, cumbersome and non-responsive organisation, driven by rules and regulations with an elaborate hierarchy is now a decentralised, proactive, open and accountable organisation that not only reacts to important issues but often leads the debate with respect to changes in public policy and legislation. Whilst not all policing organisations are the same, there has been a shift in the past 20 years in the direction of the characteristics described.

This unit will explore the critical policing issues of leadership and governance with specific emphasis on discerning how that applies in the policing/public sector. It will also examine the developing move towards policing becoming a profession.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the critical role of history and analyse the evolution of contemporary policing practices in varying socio/legal/political circumstances
  2. investigate the challenges relating to leadership and command and the issues surrounding change management and adaptivity in a police setting
  3. evaluate the impact of strategy, culture and politicial influence on the operating environment of police organisations
  4. capacity to critique the discipline-specific standards by which contemporary policing can be objectively assessed
  5. assess the governance and accountability frameworks that safeguard community interest
  6. capacity to analyse the issues that constrain and support the occupation of policing moving in the direction of a recognised profession.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PIC860 — Strategic Policing
  • 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.

1History of Policing in the Western World
2The Separation of Powers
3Leadership issues in Policing
4Principles of Command
5Change Management and Adaptivity
6Integrating Strategy, Culture and Political Influences
7Governance/Accountability Frameworks
8Corruption Prevention
9Police Culture, Ethics and Discretion
10Social Media and Policing
11Policing as a Profession

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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