Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Baker


Students study the aims and methods of comparative criminal justice. Policing structures, functions and practices are examined. The unit explores how the courts of selected countries conduct criminal trials. The fairness and effectiveness of sentencing and punishment will be analysed. Penal policy and prisoner rights will be considered as well as recent innovative non-custodial sanctions. The dismantling of geographical boundaries has hastened the spread of transnational organised crime networks. This unit offers a comparative perspective of the nature of transnational crime and the national and international efforts to identify and control such activities.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students are expected to have developed:

  1. a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary international criminal justice issues
  2. an understanding of the role, functions and essential features of criminal justice systems in a range of countries
  3. the ability to analyse and evaluate the fairness of criminal justice systems within particular political systems
  4. the skill to conduct comparative analysis of criminal justice systems and to identify implications for the future of an international criminal justice system
  5. an appreciation of the issues that distinguish criminal justice systems in selected countries
  6. an understanding of the evolving globalisation of crime and the cooperative efforts needed to combat it.


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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Chief examiner(s)


24 points at level 1 in Arts.


ATS3471, CRJ2001, CRJ3001