Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bree Carlton


This unit explores the operation 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 for example, mandatory sentencing, minority groups, zero tolerance, drugs, vigilante justice and juvenile justice may be covered in this 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.
  2. 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.
  3. An understanding of contemporary debates relevant to criminal justice and its future in Australia.
  4. The skill to analyse diverse arguments in relation to traditional and alternative forms of policing, sentencing and punishing.
  5. The ability to present ideas and write an essay based on rational argument.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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