Understanding Imprisonment - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Minor essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Major essay (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit examines the origins and development of corrective services in Australia. The correctional system is studied in terms of custodial and non-custodial sanctions, and considers special client populations including men, women, juveniles and Indigenous offenders. The issues of privatisation and deaths in custody are examined.

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

At the completion of this unit students will have achieved the following:

  1. an understanding of the historical, philosophical, political and organisational considerations which shape current correctional policies and administration
  2. an understanding of the goals of the correctional system
  3. knowledge of the correctional policies and administrative structures which have been set in place to achieve these goals
  4. knowledge of the constraints which operate to limit the achieving of these goals.
  • Essay 1 — Minor essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Major essay (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Exam (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a second year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology units.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

2The history of corrections
3Correctional goals and models
4The correctional 'client'
5Custodial corrections: The prison system
6Custodial corrections: The prison experience
7Correctional staff
8Community corrections
9Juvenile corrections
11Indigenous people and corrections
12Women in corrections

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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