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.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

Aims and objectives

This subject provides students with an overview of policing in a criminological context. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of policing, including historical, international and methodologies, as well as a critical engagement with policing practices. In addition an appreciation of the importance of theoretical models when applying a critical analysis to policing.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) 

On successful completion of this unit students will 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
5. Apply social scientific research methods to evaluate police procedures and policies, and demonstrate the extent to which they use evidence-based practices

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.