Subject details

Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the key institutions and policies of the Australian Criminal Justice System;
  2. identify and examine the social forces and social controls that transform policies and institutions of the Australian Criminal Justice System, with the ability to transmit this knowledge to others;
  3. apply basic theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the sociology of crime; and
  4. competently apply a range of basic research skills and analytical techniques in written form. 
    • Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects moodle site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Overview Notes
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
  • TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Course Observation and the Final Examination for this subject.
  • OtherDetails -

    It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their subjects.

    UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at: 

This foundation subject provides an introduction to the organisation, policies, practices and institutions that constitute the Australian Criminal Justice System. Broadly, this subject takes a scholarly, but more specifically a criminological approach towards the Australian Criminal Justice System. Substantial areas of investigation include policing, court structures, the Rule of Law, the role of the coroner, sentencing and punishment, transnational policing, wrongful convictions, forensic expert witnesses, crime prevention and case studies. The subject is delivered through a combination of traditional and problem-based teaching methods. The subject provides a foundation for study in criminology and the social sciences more generally.

Court Observation. 1800 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 Online Quiz. 1000 Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO): 1-4 For more information about UNE examinations please go to:

  • Court Observation (40%%)
  • Online Quiz (20%%)
  • Final Examination (40%%)