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 BLAWLPG-Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Graduate Entry)
1f Admission into BLITTCR-Bachelor of Letters (Criminology)
1g Admission into BLITTCRG-Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) (Graduate Entry)
1h 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
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h)) or (2) or (3 and 4))
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
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the concept and practice of punishment in local, national, and where relevant, international contexts
  2. Explain the relationship between crime, key historical conditions and particular types of punishment
  3. State an informed position on the role and impact of imprisonment in modern society
  4. Analyse the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of attempts to address offending through punitive means

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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