Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8042 | 2024
Australia's Approach to Law Enforcement
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Look at the for-profit private security industry by examining methods, decision makers and stakeholders. You’ll analyse the working partnerships with the public, police and the wider law enforcement industry.
Australia's Approach to Law Enforcement
About this subject
On completion of the subject you will be able to:
- Analyse the history and development of public and private organisations in the delivery of public safety
- Examine the complexities of private/public sector safety and security relationships
- Critically evaluate the role and function of government in providing opportunities for the pluralisation in policing
- Evaluate the delivery of law enforcement services in differing public settings
- Evaluate the delivery of policing in differing private settings
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
This subject was previously known as PICX842 Australia's Approach to Law Enforcement
Historically, the police, policing and law enforcement has been a localised function reflecting the customs, practices and traditions of an identifiable community, in this case Australia. The fact there are less than 10 policing organisations in the western world with more than 10,000 police (NSW Police Force being one) that police a population in the millions, is rare. Modern policing in Australia now addresses multiple crime types and government policy perspectives. This subject provides students with the opportunity to critically reflect upon the role of the police, how policing and law enforcement exist and how it is influenced by in social systems, legal systems, economic development, conflict and globalisation of crime. As part of that understanding, State based policing, national policing and their relationship to international policing and policy will be explored.
- Minor assignment (2000 words) (30%)
- Major assignment (2500 words) (50%)
- Online quiz (20%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-PICX842 (Not currently available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT842, PICX842
Pre-requisite Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or GradDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or PGCertPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud or MSecStrategicStudMCrim or MIntellMCrim or MCyberSecMCrim or MCTerrorismMCrim
- Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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