1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into BLAWLP-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
1a Admission into BLAWLPR-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice
1b Admission into BLAWLPRG-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry)
1c Admission into BLAWLPRGH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry) (Honours)
1d Admission into BLAWLPRH-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours)
1e Admission into BLITTCR-Bachelor of Letters (Criminology)
1f Admission into BLITTCRG-Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) (Graduate Entry)
1g Admission into DIPLCR-Diploma of Letters (Criminology)
2 9 Units of CRIM topics
3 4.5 Units of CRIM topics
4 4.5 Units of LEGL topics
4a 4.5 Units of LLAW topics
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g)) or (2) or (3 and (4 or 4a)))
Enrolment not permitted
CRIM3001 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Examination(s)
Topic description
This topic examines crime and punishment in modern society. It explores the emergence of modern forms of punishment, the rationales for various types of punitive techniques (e.g., fines, conferencing, suspended sentences, imprisonment), and the effectiveness of punishment in terms of deterring individual offenders from further offending. The topic places a particular emphasis on the role and impact of imprisonment, the experience of living and working in prison, as well as the challenges faced by those released from juvenile and adult custodial environments.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • critically explore the practical underpinnings of punishment in modern society
  • engage with issues relating to philosophy and practice of punishment in modern society

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this topic students will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • describing the concept and practice of punishment in local, national, and where relevant, international contexts
  • explaining the relationship between crime, key historical conditions and particular types of punishment
  • stating an informed position on the role and impact of imprisonment in modern society
  • analysing the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of attempts to address offending through punitive means