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MLP103 - Police and the Law

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
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: 2 x 1 hour classes, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the Australian legal system and grounding in certain areas of law relevant to the work of police officers. The unit will also seek to engender an appreciation of the importance of civil rights and of the difficulties associated with balancing those rights and the demands of law enforcement and the prevention of crime. The syllabus includes the structure of the Australian legal system; law making and enforcement in Australia, statutory interpretation; civil rights; introduction to the law of torts; and the civil liability of police officers.


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

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

Examination (2 hours) - 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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