Strategic Law Enforcement - 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: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • 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

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

The western democratic perspective that public policing owns and controls the public safety domain is no longer valid. The role of private security beyond 'night watch' or 'loss prevention' is becoming increasingly relevant. The growing influence of neo-liberal principles in public administration, influenced by declining public funding 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 public safety and security industry, examine key stakeholders and decision-makers, and analyse specific components of the industry and the partnerships that are involved. In doing so the emphasis is not on the role of public police but on the role of public agency personnel and private security personnel in working with the public police in the Law Enforcement Industry. It is designed to provide a context for how each of these groups work together to ensure the safety and security of the community.

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 — Assessment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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