• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Law, Sociology, Ethics, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kelly Hine
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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While criminology covers a broad range of subject areas from detecting and identifying crime, responding to crime, through to preventing crime, policing is one of the few activities that includes all aspects of criminology.  Police identify and detect crime, they are the first-line responders to crime, and are often involved with the prevention of crime.  

This course will introduce students to the foundations of policing.  First, the course provides an overview of operational policing examining the origins and functions of contemporary policing and their influences on policing in Australia.  It examines areas such as operational policing approaches, policing diverse communities, investigations, and the dangers of policing.  The second part of the course examines the emerging critical issues in policing such as technology in policing, police use of force, and policing terrorism and active shooters.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the broad functions, structures, and purposes of policing;
  2. explain key theoretical and practical issues in policing;
  3. use theory and understandings to critically analyse policing;
  4. use theory and understandings to apply operational policing approaches to crime problems; and
  5. critically evaluate operational policing approaches.

Indicative Assessment

Online Quizzes (5% each for a total of 15%) Learning outcome 1
Written Assignment, 4000 words (45%) Learning outcome 1-5
Exam, 3 hours (held during examination period) (40%) Learning outcome 1-5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; or 36 hours of contact taught intensively; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM2013.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4411 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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