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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Kate Gaffney


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical awareness of the functioning of the criminal justice system.

  1. An insight into the complex workings and a critical awareness of the functioning of the major institutions of the various tiers of the criminal justice system.

  1. An understanding of contemporary debates relevant to criminal justice and its future in Australia.

  1. The skill to analyse diverse arguments in relation to traditional and alternative forms of policing, sentencing and punishing.

  1. The ability to write an essay based on rational argument.


Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%
Essay (2000 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours) 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kate Gaffney

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study