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MLP103 - Police and the Law

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Not offered in 2017

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(Not available to Bachelor of Laws students)
Unit chair:

C Davids

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Cloud(online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit aims to provides knowledge and understanding of the Australian legal system and outlines some of the  key areas of procedural law relevant to the work of police officers. Topics covered include police powers around  bail, arrest, custody and police questioning, search and seizure and identification issues including fingerprinting and forensic procedures. The unit  also explores the tension around the  importance of human rights and balancing those rights with the demands of law enforcement and the prevention of crime. Along with an understanding of the actual law relating to the exercise of key police powers the unit takes a socio legal perspective in relation to the emergence of modern policing and key legal principles that impact in this domain.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Written Assignment (2000 words) - 30%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Cloud (Online) Multiple Choice Test - 20%

Examination (2 hours) - 50%

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