Course Title: Foundations of Policing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Policing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


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: Alasdair Henry

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2384

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

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

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

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Social and cultural responsibility
  • Reflective practice
  • Communication

Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered either fully online or as face-to-face classes. Check the relevant timetable to confirm delivery mode. 

Face-to-face classes are seminar style with open class discussion, guest lecturers and some online tutorial activities and assessment.

Online delivery does not require you to attend classes, however academic staff are available should assistance be required. The course is modularised with critical learning delivered through online readings, research and discussion forums.

Overview of Learning Resources

Selecting a single prescribed text for a course of this nature is always problematic as you are expected to read widely on all topics. The course itself is not structured around one text. You will be advised of relevant readings for each section of the course through MyRMIT, and a wide range of additional and alternative texts are are also listed.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course may comprise a major essay, interview/consultation task, a short paper, quizzes, and participation in face-to-face or online discussions.

  • 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: