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The Law Enforcement and Public Health (LE&PH) subject explores the multidimensional relationships that exist between the public health and public security sectors (including law enforcement, military and criminal justice and non-state actors). The subject is designed to highlight how the activities of the security sector are both enablers and disablers of public health imperatives, offering both challenges and opportunities depending on the course of action and how these elements are mobilised. Explicit focus is placed across a range of complex social and public health issues.
Over the course of this intensive learning experience, students will understand how to conceptualise and navigate the role of public security across a range of traditional and non-traditional public health challenges. Issues to be addressed include managing mental health in the community, responding to alcohol and drugs, disaster management and preparedness, violence prevention (family violence), infectious disease management, global population migration and incarceration. The analysis also explores the principles of partnership and opportunities for collaboration between these sectors, as well as the implications this has for governance and resourcing at local, national and international levels.
The delivery of the subject will be based around high-level presentations from across public health, public security and civil society, with facilitated interactive discussions.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Articulate and appraise security sector systems, policies and theoretical foundations in Australia and other countries, and the potential points of intersection with Australian and international public health systems.
- Identify and discuss the opportunities and challenges for public health to engage with the public security sector across a variety of critical issues such as alcohol and illicit drugs, mental health, indigenous health, infectious disease, gender-based violence, incarceration, and conflict and post-conflict in both domestic and global contexts;
- Articulate the importance of the partnerships between public security and public health in relationship to global public health, and analyse the critical governance needs that guide public security and public health partnerships;
- Understand and apply the principles of co-design, implementation and evaluation in respect to partnership projects and practices occupying the intersection of public security and public health;
- Reference and apply the learnings from the class presentations and discussions to produce innovative and effective collaborative approaches in response to complex social health issues, explored through group-work and other assessment criteria.
- Critique the implications of public security on public health and human rights, and begin developing appropriate advocacy and communication strategies when considering the social determinants of health.
- High-level oral and written communication skills.
- Advanced skills in reasoning, persuasion and effective argumentation.
- Advance analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
- Advanced skills in cross-disciplinary analysis and critical thinking
- Working with others and in teams
Last updated: 29 October 2019