CRIM3914 - International Criminal Justice

Criminology Unit


One trimester



Credit points: 



Successful completion on four(4) X level 200 units

Mode(s) of delivery:




Unit Objective

To synthesise students’ understanding of criminal justice processes via an introduction to the approaches, methods, structures, and processes of criminal justice at the international level

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ways different cultures and societies deal with crime, based on the critical evaluation of approaches, methods and structures of criminal justice systems across international jurisdictions;
  • Critically evaluate the place of states in relation to international crime, whilst recognising the boundaries of, and relationship between, international criminal law and human rights;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main categories of crime under the operation of the International Criminal Court, including torture, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes;
  • Evaluate the current international features of law enforcement, investigative processes, prosecution and punishment;
  • Critically analyse the future direction of global issues in criminal justice, with particular regard to human rights violations

Unit Content

The unit will commence with a critical overview of the historical and philosophical development of approaches, methods and structures of criminal justice systems across different international jurisdictions.  The focus will then move to offer insights into how these features affect our understanding of crime in a global society.  The role of international organisations, states and individuals will be addressed in order to capture the nature of international criminal law mechanisms, and the law related to the enforcement of human rights protection.

In particular, the unit will examine the fundamental principles of international criminal law and explain the rationale for cross-border individual criminal responsibility and punishment, as well as for the creation and operation of international criminal tribunals. More specific areas of examination will include the operation of the International Criminal Court.  The unit will also introduce students to the history and practice of human rights from the local to the global levels.  It will explore the way in which legal systems and processes intersect various disciplines to advance the contribution of human rights to public safety and justice. More specifically, the unit will analyse the role of states, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organisations in promoting and enforcing human rights protections.  

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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