Making Sense of Criminal Justice
Examine the principal components of the criminal justice system and question the competing tensions of fairness, justice and effectiveness in a liberal-democracy. Identify emerging issues and analyse the response of allied systems to selected crimes.
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- 06 Mar 2023
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- Understand the roles of the principal components of the criminal justice system
- Understand the competing tensions inherent in a liberal-democratic justice system
- Identify and examine key emerging issues in the provision of criminal justice
- Understand and critically analyse the response of the criminal justice and allied systems to selected crimes
- Further develop your skills in expressing yourself clearly and coherently in writing
- Module A: The Nature of the Criminal Justice System
- Models of criminal justice
- Internal and external factors shaping the system: Example - indigenous people and criminal justice.
- Youth justice
- Adjudication and court processes
- Corrections and the purposes of punishment
- Mental health, crime and justice
- Organised crime and the Crime Commissions
- White collar crime, corporate crime, and regulation
- Illicit drugs
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- GRF-MCCJ7002 (Not currently available)
No additional requirements
This subject 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 subject offering.
- Second short essay (25%)
- Major Essay (50%)
- First short essay (25%)
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