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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Bree Carlton



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit explores a range of criminal justice institutions and organisations along with the nexus between research and policy. A diverse range of community organisations interact with various criminal justice institutions and seek to reform and improve access to justice and substantive justice for offenders and/or victims. These organisations typically engage with policy issues and undertake and utilise research to inform their work and to create pressure for change. The unit engages with criminal justice organisations and institutions in order to critically examine the policy environment and the potential of research to impact on criminal justice.


Upon completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically examine contemporary criminal justice practice and research in relation to new frameworks and directions in criminal justice.
  2. Orally present an account of a research thesis on a criminal justice topic.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary criminal justice research on policy development.
  4. Produce critical written accounts of contemporary criminal justice practice and research.


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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