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LAWS6197: Policing: Crime, Control and Security

2022 unit information

This unit critically examines the power relations that are policing (public and private). It recognizes and builds upon the essential and often problematic role of policing in crime control and security. Major aspects of police work and the discretion on which it depends, are analysed in order to understand the dynamics of social control in an age of risk and security.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Law School

Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically examine the practices and institutions of policing within a social and political context
  • LO2. critically examine debates about the nature of policing
  • LO3. critically examine the particular character of policing in Australia
  • LO4. critically examine the inter-relationships between policing and other mechanisms of regulation
  • LO5. critically examine the impact of criminal law and its enforcement on different social groups, paying particular attention to race, gender and class and their intersection
  • LO6. critically examine prospects for the reform of policing.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive March 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Intensive October 2022
Block mode Remote

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