Police, Society and Democracy
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Develop familiarity with the key theoretical underpinnings of police and policing, plus a survey of the current institutional framework in Victoria.
Discuss the contemporary challenges of policing in Australia and beyond.
Understand and analyse the importance of police culture in police-society relations.
Critique police reform efforts in Victoria, Australia and internationally.
Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the police, with an emphasis on Victoria and other law enforcement agencies in Australia.
- • History of policing.
- • Police & colonialism.
- • The police in a liberal-democratic context.
- • Police culture.
- • Police tactics.
- • Police legitimacy.
- • Police reform.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 15 credit points of any Level one Legal Studies or Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed LST3POL (Police, Law & Order) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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This subject discusses the history, institutional configuration, role and performance of police in Australia's democratic political context, and offers points of comparisons to other countries (democratic or else) around the world. To these ends, we explore a variety of questions concerning the police and its role in our criminal justice system; the relevance of policing for a democratic society; police culture; the links between police and community; contemporary challenges of policing (including transnational policing),among other relevant aspects of police and policing. After completing this course, students should be able to understand fundamental facts about police and policing, and critically evaluate the police's role in Australia and beyond.
- 1,600 word Midterm Assignment (35%)
- 1,600 word case-study project about current policing challenges (35%)
- Online quizzes/activities (1300 word equivalent) (30%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.