International Policing Systems

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

International Policing Systems is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Macquarie University. The unit’s central aim is to provide you with a sophisticated insight into how law enforcement fundamentally changes depending on factors such as social systems, the level of economic development, and whether the country is in a state of conflict. You will also explore the impact that globalisation has had on crime.

To begin with, you will be introduced to the various policing theories and models, and their key points of difference. Following this, you will explore the tenets of democratic policing, before examining countries where such an approach has not been adopted. Additionally, the differences in law enforcement between common law countries and socialist countries will be considered, as well as an examination of the contemporary need for international policing.

Ultimately, International Policing Systems is engineered to consolidate your understanding of how police services operate, both theoretically and practically. Your assumptions of how policing works will also be challenged as you examine law enforcement on an international scale. As such you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of policing models.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies
  • Master of International Security Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Areas of study

In this International Policing Systems unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Q&As on course organisation, learning approaches, assessment and subject matter overview
  • Key points of differences with police agencies and policing models
  • Tenets of democratic policing
  • Relevant features of the world's major legal systems
  • Policing in common law countries
  • Policing in civil law countries
  • Policing in socialist law countries
  • Indigenous policing
  • Varying policing strategies around the world
  • Policing in conflict and post-conflict environments
  • International policing
  • Reflection and analyses of the semester

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Studying the global intricacies of policing practices will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of why different models of policing have emerged, and why they operate the way they do. Whether you desire to work in security, law, policing, or criminology, possessing strong insights into how policing operates around the world will inform your understanding of your role within the sector.

From an employer’s perspective, the ability to prove that you're intricately aware of how policing systems work on a global scale proves that you possess powerful critical thinking skills and a deep understanding of law enforcement.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in International Policing Systems from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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