ATS3232 - Study tour: Contemporary issues in UK criminal justice - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kate Burns


Dr Kate Burns

Not offered in 2019


ATS1421 and ATS1423


ATS3464Not offered in 2019


Students will undertake an intensive study tour to London, Manchester and Leicester/Nottingham, United Kingdom.


This intensively delivered unit is part of our Criminology Overseas program. Students will travel to Europe and have the opportunity to directly witness the impacts of historical and contemporary criminological concerns in global justice by visiting and engaging with experienced professional practitioners and academics. Students study the production of criminological knowledge across cultures as well as its meaning and how we understand it. Students will undertake study with a focus on identifying the ways in which the achievement of justice operates, as well as examining their aims, purpose and consequences of responding to crime and criminality. Students undertake site visits that will permit meaningful engagements with serious and violent crimes, terrorism and hate crime, private detention facilities, mass murder, organised crime and people smuggling. Students gain on-location access to experienced professional practitioners - Judges and Court staff, Police, Prison staff and NGO workers - in the field of criminology in the United Kingdom.

The unit seeks to enhance the ability of students to undertake independent research under the guidance of supervision.


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

  1. identify the major criminological and political issues that inform British approaches to crime and justice;
  2. critically evaluate contrasting approaches to criminology in the United Kingdom;
  3. compare the contextual differences between national understandings of crime and criminal justice;
  4. describe the role of the major British institutions and bodies that devise policy, and dispense, monitor and enforce justice;
  5. critically evaluate applications of criminology to practices of national and international justice;
  6. critically appraise and communicate the values and limitations of comparative analysis of crime and social control across cultures.


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

Bachelor of Criminology