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ATS1423: Criminal justice in practice

Faculty of Arts

Criminal justice in practice

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The unit presents the administrative workings, functions and experiences in areas such as courts, sentencing, imprisonment, community corrections, parole and release. Importantly we observe how the administration of justice is played out through the court system and consider punishments against themes of human difference, exclusion, human rights and social justice. This unit explores theories of punishment and its role in our society. The unit encourages you to consider how punishment and prisons cannot be viewed outside broader social, political and economic contexts. You will have the opportunity to consider the long-term outcomes of whole-of-community initiatives based on notions of social inclusion, and the potential of their contribution to reducing disadvantage and by extension, rates of offending and re-offending.


1 - Analytical Exercise - 25% 2 - Analytical Exercise - 30% 3 - Essay - 45%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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