JST487 Police in Social Context (8)

This subject examines the definition of the police role in industrial society. The subject focuses on characteristics of policing as an occupation, the policing of social divisions and social inequality, the maintenance of social order and current issues in policing.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students, who have completed JST222 Policing and Society or JST504 Policing Society. Students must have on-line access.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the changing nature of the police role and the development of changing styles of policing
  • be able to conceptualise policing as an institution, which operates in the public and private spheres
  • appreciate the relationship between policing and the social context in which it operates
  • recognise that the social context of policing includes the internal organisational environment of police work
  • be able to analyse the sociodemographic characteristics of modern industrial societies as the external social context of police work
  • appreciate that much police work is about the policing of social inequalities
  • understand the concepts of social order and social control and the effect of police actions for each
  • be able to analyse media representations of police


This subject will cover the following topics:

-the police role in modern industrial society -different styles of policing including community and paramilitary policing -the policing of social inequality, including an examination of the policing of social groups, which are defined by social class, gender, age and ethnicity -policing as work, which is performed in large bureaucratic organisations -the police occupational culture as an example of an occupational culture and the influence, which it can have on the performance of work -the concepts of social order and social control and the effect of different policing actions on the maintenance of each -media representations of police in news, current affairs and fiction. The media representations will be compared with research on policing


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.