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Policing Major


Provides students with an understanding of the broad range of areas relevant to contemporary policing.

Adopting a justice perspective, students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in areas such as intelligence, security, investigative practices, interviewing procedures, specialist policing units, and crime prevention and ethics. Although learning occurs within the context of an evidence-based policing paradigm, emphasis is placed on the practical skills relevant to this discipline area. The major is relevant to students with an interest in criminology and justice, but has a wider appeal to social work, psychology, security and students enrolled in the social sciences or humanities.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAN1100Management 15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2116Health and Welfare After Trauma15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2215Policy and Procedure for the Justice Professions15
MAN3121Leadership 15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAN2120Organisational Behaviour15
CRI3112Operational Policing15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI3206Misconduct and Corruption Prevention15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical issues in policing.
  2. Communicate knowledge of policing ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for own learning in scholarship and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges to generate policing solutions and responses to crime.
  6. Think critically to identify, conceptualise and analyse complex issues in contemporary policing.
  7. Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise policing information.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable and ethical values in policing.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in law enforcement, as well as customs, state and federal police, state and national security, community services, sociology and youth work, public and private sector, Government agencies, research and universities, criminology, policy development, intelligence, crime analysis and restorative justice.

Possible future job titles

State or Federal Police Officer, ASIO Officer, Private Security Officer, Security Services Officer, Policy Development Officer, Intelligence Officer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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