Innovative Justice - 2016

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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: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Exam (40%) , Research Essay - Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit reviews and compares these new justice practices: restorative justice, Indigenous sentencing courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, transitional justice, and international criminal justice. Attention is given to theories and practices of restorative justice, and to its strengths and limits in responding to victims and offenders of youth crime and sexual violence.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Identify a range of innovative justice practices and why they have emerged in the past several decades
  2. understand how innovative justice practices are similar to and different from those of conventional criminal justice
  3. explain varied definitions of restorative justice
  4. understand theories, practices, and legal contexts of restorative justice
  5. understand empirical literature on the impact of restorative justice on victims and offenders
  6. understand significant debates, critiques, and areas of controversy surrounding restorative justice
  7. apply restorative justice to wider political conflicts, international criminal justice, and transitional justice
  8. understand Indigenous sentencing courts and how they compare with restorative justice
  9. understand therapeutic jurisprudence and specialist courts; and
  10. identify the key writers and contributors to this field of knowledge.
  • Invigilated Exam — Exam (40%)
  • Research Essay — Essay (40%)
  • Test — Online Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

It is expected that students will have a basic understanding of Level 1 criminology units.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Innovative justice
2Restorative justice and conventional criminal justice: comparisons, strengths and limits
3History of restorative justice
4Restorative justice classics
5Theories associated with restorative justice
6Practices and legal contexts of restorative justice
7Impact of restorative justice on victims and offenders, part 1
8Impact of restorative justice on victims and offenders, part 2
9Significant debates concerning restorative justice
10The relationship of restorative justice to transitional justice
11Indigenous sentencing courts
12Therapeutic jurisprudence

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • 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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