CRIM2034 - Issues in Criminal Justice

Criminology Unit


One trimester



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Unit Objective

To address a range of issues and controversies in the dynamic relationship between criminal justice and society; and to explore lifestyle trends that affect crime and justice or perceptions thereof

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of issues that confront the CJS in undertaking its work in a changing society;
  • Understand the relationship between social control and criminal justice;
  • Analyse the place of minority groups and victims and their respective roles within the criminal justice system;
  • Evaluate the methods and purpose of alternative dispute resolution and diversion programs;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the informal functions of law enforcement, court and correctional systems;
  • Evaluate crime prevention theories and strategies.

Unit Content

Students will engage with a variety of themes which highlight the dynamic nature of justice and the law, in general, and criminal justice in particular. The focus for this topic assists students to understand that as society adapts to change in social attitudes, new threats and risks, so too must the criminal justice system seek to match social trends in its responses to crime and criminality. 

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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