Strategic Law Enforcement - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

This unit was previously known as Protecting Society: Public Policing/Private Security.

The western democratic perspective that public policing own and control the public safety domain is no longer valid. The role of private security beyond that of the “night watch” or “loss prevention” was until more recent times not considered relevant. The developing influence of neo-liberal principles in public administration, influenced by declining public funding availability and a push towards responsibilisation has seen the development of both the private security industry and other public/government agencies as key operational and strategic players in the safety and security market. The purpose of this unit is to look at the industry that is public safety and security, examine those who have a stake in the industry, the decision makers, specific components of the industry and the partnerships that are involved. 

On completion of the unit you will be able to:

  1. compare the history and development of public and private law enforcement organisations in the delivery of public safety
  2. analyse the complexities of private/public sector safety and security relationships
  3. ability to critically evaluate the role and function of government in providing opportunities for the pluralisation of the law enforcement industry
  4. capacity to analyse the delivery of law enforcement services in differing public settings.
  5. capacity to analyse the delivery of law enforcement services in differing private settings.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • 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.

1Defining Plural Policing Participants
2International Experiences of Plural Policing
3Policing in the Liquor Industry
4Policing Major Events
5Multi-agency Approaches to Policing
6Policing Public Spaces
7Policing Private Spaces
8Traffic Policing
9Remote Area Policing
10Do Big Police Forces Work
11Joint Strategisation
12Future Direction of Plural Policing

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 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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