JALE1024 - Criminal Justice

Criminology Unit


One trimester



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Unit Objective

To introduce students to the origins and conventions of the Australian Criminal Justice System, and the formal functions of law enforcement, courts and corrections 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • Understand the historical development of criminal justice and define the meaning of criminal justice;
  • Interpret criminal statistical data and the application of official statistics;
  • Describe the principles and policies relevant to Australian criminal justice;
  • Understand the cost of crime to the community and the government; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the formal functions of law enforcement, court and correctional systems.

Unit Content

The unit provides an outline of the historical development of the criminal justice system. Attention is given to the manner in which criminal statistics are assessed and how such evidence can be interpreted. The student will be required to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the use of statistical data in analysing criminal justice.

The unit will then proceed to examine the process of the criminal justice system in light of the current legislative and common law framework and that of community expectations. The student will critically assess the need for clear principles and policies for Australian criminal justice. This will include identifying the actual aims of the criminal justice system, as well as a critical examination of the accountability mechanisms and performance measures of each criminal justice agency. 

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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