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Criminal Justice in Action: Police, Courts and Corrections (6 points)


Leader: Dr David Baker

Caulfield Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit explores the workings of the major institutions of the criminal justice system in Australia and analyses current debates surrounding the outcomes of the system. The police, courts and sentencing, punishment and prisons and alternative community-based schemes will be investigated. The unit examines the relationship between the different parts of the criminal justice system and the relationship with the wider community. The ways in which police, courts and corrections handle contemporary issues such as mandatory sentencing, zero tolerance, drugs, vigilante justice and juvenile justice are relevant to the subject.

Assessment: Class participation: 10% + Tutorial presentation: 10% + Essay (2000 words): 40% + Examination (2 hours) 40%.

Contact Hours: 3 hours (2 hour lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

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