Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peta Malins


Previously coded CRI3015


This unit critically analyses contemporary developments in policing both by and beyond the state. Australian and international examples are utilized to explore major issues related to the history, development and implementation of policing and security. Topics are explored through the prism of human rights, civil liberties, social control, crime control, crime prevention, accountability and the role of the state. Issues covered include the significance of police training and recruitment, police culture, brutality and corruption, private policing, paramilitary policing, undercover policing, policing diverse communities, policing post-conflict societies and transnational policing.


Upon successful completion of the subject, students will have developed:

  1. a critical awareness of the origins of policing
  2. a critical awareness of contemporary trends in policing and the governance of security
  3. an understanding of the various theories and models of policing and the police role in society
  4. the skills to critically analyse historical and contemporary debates regarding the role and function of policing
  5. an ability to present a fluid and logical argument about the role of police and policing in society
  6. the ability to formulate ideas about the role and nature of policing in different societies, countries and over time, based on evidence and theory
  7. an understanding of the factors influencing the different models and forms of policing


Written work: 90%
Tutorial participation and presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


CJC1001 or ATS1281 Understanding Crime CJC1002 or ATS1282 Criminal Justice in Action: Police, Courts and Corrections These units are prerequisites only if students wish to undertake a Criminology major. The unit can be taken as an elective with any Arts sequence.