School Of Social Sciences

Governance in PolicingWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102169.3


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students are required to possess a sound knowledge of key issues in, and mechanisms of, policing practices, as well as legislative functions, as established as foundational knowledge in the policing core units over the first two years of study, in order to successfully undertake this unit.

101568 Legislation, Courts and Policing AND 101567 Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence OR 102691 Evidence and Investigation

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
This is a specialist core unit and is restricted to students enrolled in courses 1662/1844 Bachelor of Policing, 1719 Bachelor of Policing Studies - Non NSW Police Pathway, 1734 Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program) or 6029 Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of Policing.

About this Unit
In this unit students examine the nature and function of governance and accountability processes within policing and the broader private security industry. There is a focus on the commitment by governments to practices at an individual and organisational level that are based on accountability, contestability and continuous improvement. Issues such as human rights, ethics in policing, conflicts of interest, misconduct, and corruption and criminality within policing and related industries, are explored; and relevant explanatory theories are examined. Different models and levels of governance and accountability in Australia are also explored, as are the roles of professional standards units within police forces, external accountability agencies such as police integrity commissions, the ombudsman, and crime and misconduct agencies . These are compared with other approaches worldwide. Throughout the unit extensive use will be made of case studies and problem based learning where students will be invited to propose solutions to real world problems.

1662.4Bachelor of PolicingCONTINUING
1719.2Bachelor of Policing Studies - Non NSW Police PathwayCONTINUING
1734.1Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)CONTINUING
1734.2Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)CONTINUING
1734.3Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)CURRENT
1844.1Bachelor of PolicingCONTINUING
1844.2Bachelor of PolicingCURRENT
6029.1Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of PolicingCONTINUING
6044.1Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of PolicingCONTINUING
6044.2Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of PolicingCURRENT

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