Making Sense of Criminal Justice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Presentation - 2 presentations and/or papers (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,188.00
International 2,438.00

This unit identifies, examines and evaluates current and emerging policies and structures of the criminal justice system. It focuses on debates and problematic issues in the provision of criminal justice. Components of the system are examined in terms of fairness, justice and effectiveness. The extent to which the Australian system is effective in maintaining maximum levels of social harmony is explored. Alternative models of criminal justice are critically examined within the context of liberal-democratic society.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand the roles of the principal components of the criminal justice system
  2. understand the competing tensions inherent in a liberal-democratic justice system
  3. identify and examine key emerging issues in the provision of criminal justice
  4. understand and critically analyse the response of the criminal justice and allied systems to selected crimes
  5. further develop their skills in expressing themselves clearly and coherently in oral and/or written expression.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Presentation — 2 presentations and/or papers (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7002 — Making Sense of the Criminal Justice System
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module A: The Nature of the Criminal Justice System
2Models of criminal justice
3Internal and external factors shaping the system: Example - indigenous people and criminal justice.
4Youth justice
6Adjudication and court processes
7Corrections and the purposes of punishment
8Mental health, crime and justice
9Crime prevention
10Module B: Responding to Crime: Systemic Strengths, Weaknesses and Adaptations.
11White collar crime, corporate crime, and regulation
12Illicit drugs

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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