Course Title: Foundations of Policing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Policing

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

JUST2253

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

JUST2253

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

JUST2254

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

JUST2254

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3640

Course Coordinator Email: georgina.heydon@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.17

Course Coordinator Availability: via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course, you will explore the ’real world’ issues facing police in Australia including State and Federal jurisdictions. The course begins with a fundamental analysis of the "new policing" model, which Australia inherited from the United Kingdom and progresses to an examination of the role and nature of modern policing using a range of social and critical perspectives. You will be exposed to some specific issues in contemporary police administration such as police powers, accountability, gender, governance, corruption, professionalism, ethics, and education. The course also includes identification and analysis of possible future trends and directions for policing in society. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Contextualise specific criminal justice-based knowledge according to socially and culturally diverse environments 
  2. Assist in the identification of needs and the planning of research in the criminal justice field  


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Describe the origins of modern policing in Australia 
  2. Reflect on a range of perspectives critically evaluating the position of the police in our society 
  3. Identify the way the police are structured and administered 
  4. Discuss a range of current issues in police management 
  5. Explain contemporary developments in policing and examine some possible future directions 
  6. Examine the complex role of police in contemporary society as well as the accountability mechanisms that provide checks and balances’ for police officers 
  7. Employ developing research techniques.  


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. Group work will offer the opportunity for you to develop deeper learning by sharing perspectives, clarifying and interpreting the material.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

    Assessment Task 1: Presentation, 20% CLO1, CLO3 and CLO4 

    Assessment Task 2: Discussion, 30%, CLO2, CLO4- CLO6 

    Assessment Task 3: Essay, 50%, CLO2, CLO4, CLO5-CLO7 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.