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CRI3020 - Punishment, Power and Justice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Bree Carlton


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Students read, analyse and discuss the nature and history of punishment. Issues, including the relationship between punishment and social control and the differential impact of punishment on diverse communities are explored. Contemporary and comparative issues examined include the impact of new technologies, neo-liberalism, and globalisation on levels and modes of punishment. Different modes and models of punishment are explored including private, tribal or vigilante punishments, secular and religious systems of punishment, the 'spectacular' punishments of the gallows, corporal and capital punishment, prisons, home detention, community corrections and administrative detention.


  1. A critical awareness of the history of punishment in Australia, and internationally and contemporary trends in punishment
  2. An understanding of the various theories and types of punishment and the role of punishment in society
  3. The skills to critically analyse debates about the role and nature of punishment in society throughout history and in contemporary times
  4. An ability to present a fluid and logical argument about the role of punishment in society
  5. The ability to formulate ideas, based on evidence and theory, about the role and nature of punishment in different societies, countries and over time
  6. An understanding of the factors influencing the different models and forms of punishment
  7. Third year students will develop a greater critical awareness and intellectual synthesis of all the topics and issues under consideration.


Tutorial contribution: 10%
Examination (2000 words) :50%
Essay (2500 words) : 40%

Contact hours

1 one hour lecture and a one hour tutorial per week


CJC1001, CJC1002