PPP242 Problem Oriented Policing & Vulnerable People (8)

This subject develops students' understanding of vulnerability in relation to the policing role and function. Students will consider the interconnectedness of social problems and legal and social welfare interventions, and the inter-agency aspect of police work. To fully understand the ways in which police can and should deal with complex socio-legal problems, students will learn the key principles of Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) theory. Such theory encourages police to work outside a purely enforcement paradigm, and instead find ways of preventing and solving, or minimising, problems that may escalate into criminal matters.

Subject Outlines
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Term 2 (15)
Goulburn Campus
Term 3 (45)
Goulburn Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PPP242. 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


School of Policing Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice AND Bachelor of Justice Studies (Policing). Students will require Internet access


PPP231 and PPP232

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Explain the concepts of vulnerability, victim and persons at risk of harm.
  • Identify selected population groups in Australian society who could be considered vulnerable and describe those factors and circumstances which might render them vulnerable
  • Identify external agencies with which police can collaborate to ensure the protection and care of vulnerable people
  • Articulate the main principles of Problem-Oriented Policing (POP), particularly the key problem-solving methodologies through which POP is realised
  • Demonstrate the ways in which problem-solving methodologies can facilitate police interactions with vulnerable people
  • Consider and critically evaluate the implications of vulnerability in relation to their role as police


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • introduction to theories of POP
  • extending theories of POP to practical situations
  • introduction to key/fundamental concepts re vulnerability and risk
  • vulnerability related to age
  • vulnerability related to disability and mental illness
  • vulnerability related to race and ethnicity
  • vulnerability related to sexuality and gender


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.