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Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
    • Policing
    • Adjudication and court processes
    • Corrections and the purposes of punishment
    • Mental health, crime and justice
    • Module B: Responding to Crime: Systemic Strengths, Weaknesses and Adaptations.
    • White collar crime, corporate crime, and regulation
    • Illicit drugs
    • Violence
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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 your skills in expressing yourself clearly and coherently in writing
  • Assignment 1 - Second short essay (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Major Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - First short essay (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-MCCJ7002

Special requirements

No special 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.

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