Policing: Systems and Practice

CRI20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22

Aims and objectives

This subject introduces students to an understanding of policing in a criminological context. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of policing and criminology, as well as an appreciation of the importance of theoretical models when developing research and programming within policing.

After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:

1. Explain how current Australian and international police systems developed from past events and speculate about the future of policing
2. Describe and analyse practices, processes and procedures of police forces in relation training and strategies of law enforcement
3. Evaluate different approaches, both applied and theoretical, to policing crime
4. Analyse policing systems for effectiveness and responsiveness across a diverse Australian community 

Courses with unit

 BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-EDSART1 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
NOTE: This unit is in many Major unit sequences including Criminology, Behavioural Studies and Human Services Practice.