ATS3210 - Study tour: Crime and criminal justice in Asia - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Lennon Chang

Not offered in 2017



In this unit, students learn about cultural and socio-economic development of Asian countries and its relevance to crime and justice through an intensive study tour programme to countries in Asia. This unit will analyse issues affecting our region and consider how dominant Western ideas of criminological theory and research might/might not apply in Asian countries through comparative studies. It will give students opportunities to learn from experienced academics and professional practitioners such as police, crime investigation agents, prosecutors, judges, prison staff and NGOs in Asia. Examples of topics include, policing, crime control, legal system, prisons and punishment, social inequality and crime, and juvenile justice.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. an understanding of key historical, social, cultural, and economic dimensions of the crime and justice context relevant to the Asia region;
  2. an understanding of the ways that development, crime and justice intersect and the ways that development impacts on crime and justice;
  3. a demonstrated ability to conduct comparative studies;
  4. a demonstrated ability to critically analyse and compare practical and policy responses to contemporary challenges of crime, justice and development in different jurisdictions;
  5. an informed theoretical critique of how dominant Western ideas of criminological theory and research might/might not apply in Asian countries.


This intensively delivered unit is part of our Criminology Overseas program.Study tour to one or two pre-selected countries in Asia.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in Criminology.