Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CRIM1001, CRIM1004 has been successfully completed
Assessment
Assignments; Examination 50%.
Topic description
In this topic, students explore the institutions and operations of the criminal justice system and assess how crime is managed and justice is delivered in Australia. The topic examines the aims of the criminal justice system, investigating how practices of policing, judging and sentencing produce justice outcomes for offenders and victims. The topic explores how the criminal justice system copes with race and gender, and responds to its own mistakes (miscarriages of justice). Students also question whose interests are served by the operation of the justice system.
Educational aims
In this topic students will:

  • assess how crime is managed and justice is delivered in Australia
  • examine the aims of the criminal justice system
  • investigate how practices of policing, judging and sentencing produce justice outcomes for offenders and victims
  • examine the effectiveness of punishment
  • examine how the criminal justice system responds to its own mistakes
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the topic, students will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • critiquing the aims of the criminal justice system
  • critiquing criminal justice institutions in Australian and abroad
  • analysing decision making within criminal justice in Australian and abroad
  • judging institutional responses to crime and victims
  • recognising examples and instances of injustice in the above systems, institutions, decision making and responses

Students should also have the:
  • ability to read and analyse basic criminological texts
  • ability to use criminological databases