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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2010 (Day)
South Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Robert Peacock


This unit refers to the importance of the crime case study method and the presentation of material to the criminal justice system informed by scientific rigour. Within a legal framework analyses are presented on the reliability and validity of input variables. Analyses refer inter alia to behavioural evidence, pre-sentence evaluations and victim impact statements. Credibility is of crucial importance and psychological factors in eyewitness testimony, scientific data collection techniques, and the role and functions of the expert witness, are presented in concert with court protocols and universal ethical principles.


  1. Understand the study field of victim and offender profiling;
  2. Apply knowledge of forensic criminology to particular contexts;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess offending and victimisation risks
  4. Critically appraise the impact of criminal victimisation on the rights of the individual and that of a just society;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of court procedures, protocols, structures and relevant legislation for the presentation of forensic evidence;
  6. Maintain records of the outcome of the case study method and provide appropriate feedback to participant/s in the criminal event, legal practitioners, criminal justice personnel, health worker/s and other stakeholders;
  7. Use appropriate science and technology effectively and responsibly when
compiling and presenting victim and offender profiles without harming society,
the environment or individuals ;
  1. Work and communicate with others as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to
effectively prepare and present victim and offender profiles to particular contexts; and
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation


Written essay (2000 words): 35%; 2 Tutorial assessments(1000 words): 15% each; Written examinations (2 hours): 35%

Contact hours

One 2 hour lecture and one hour tutorial session per week

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



CRI1001, CRI1002, CJC2271/CJC3271/CRI2271/CRI3271 and CJC2040/CJC3040/CRI2040/CRI3040