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Policing - JURD7506
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740 or 9230
Excluded: LAWS8106
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The course will focus on policing as a set of social and legal practices and institutions. It will be particularly concerned with the potential role of law in policing, both as a resource and as a regulator. Comparative material will be used, drawing out similarities and contrasts between policing in New South Wales and elsewhere. Its approach will be inter-disciplinary, drawing on my experience in researching police work in England and Australia and on a wide range of historical, socio-legal and criminological literature.

LLM Specialisation

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Completion of Criminal Law 1 & 2.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the rapidly developing interdisciplinary field of policing studies. While Australian policing studies are still in their infancy, a great deal of research has been produced in the UK, Canada and the US in recent years. This imbalance structures the general aims of the course:
  • To present issues and debates from the international policing literature and to relate them to local developments
  • To encourage critical thought and research on policing in AustraliA
  • To develop interdisciplinary study in criminology and socio-legal studies

Main Topics

  • Introductory issue: Policing domestic violence
  • Models of policing I: From local policing, to professional policing, to community policing
  • Models of policing II: From community policing to crime control policing & beyond
  • Plural policing
  • Policing Aboriginal Australia
  • Risk, security and policing terrorism
  • Fictional representations of policing
  • Police culture(s)
  • Law in policing
  • Stop and search
  • Police interviewing of suspects
  • Drug policing
  • Corruption and reform
  • Reform and accountability


Class performance 10%
Research essay proposal 5%
Research essay 55%
Final exam 30%

Course Texts

The course is based on materials o be provided. However, students wishing an introduction to the subject could consult:

  • Newburn, T.(ed) (2003) Handbook of Policing (Cullompton, UK: Willan)
  • Newburn, T. (ed) (2005) Policing: Key Readings (Cullompton, UK: Willan)
Materials will be provided.


Materials will be provided.

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