PPP252 Ethical Values and Leadership (8)

This subject will cover issues of leadership, in light of the fact that students are in their final session before being 'senior person on the truck'. This will include caring for police as victims and dealing with trauma. The subject will also address a number of ethical issues to which students have been exposed during their probationary period. This will allow students to develop their understanding of the key professional and behavioural standards required of them as professional police officers.

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: PPP252. 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. Students will require Internet access


PPP241 and PPP242

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • articulate a number of leadership styles;
  • consider leadership styles that will be appropriate to them as 'senior person on the truck'
  • evaluate the roles and responsibilities their forthcoming leadership status will entail in terms of their ethical values and professional standards and behaviour
  • distinguish the various forms accountability can take, and
  • critique a number of ethical considerations that ought to inform their professional practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • introduction to theories of leadership
  • extending and applying theories of leadership to current policing practice (including information management and care of colleagues)
  • ethics in investigation
  • psychological impact of investigation/police as victims
  • accountability
  • professional autonomy (including reflective practice, personal development)
  • moral vulnerability
  • role of supervisor in dealing and reporting police misconduct and conciliation
  • domestic violence
  • racism/stereotyping
  • use of force
  • police culture, peer pressure and professional practice
  • appreciation of the ethical challenges of group think in organisations


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.