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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Jude McCulloch


The unit explores a range of criminal justice institutions and organisations along with the nexus between research and policy. There are a diverse range of criminal justice organisations in the community that 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 utilize research to inform their work and to create pressure for change. The unit engages with criminal justice organisations and institution in order to critically examine the policy environment and the potential of research to impact on criminal justice.


Upon completion of this 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.


Written work 60%:
Class tests 40%

Chief examiner(s)

A/Prof Sharon Pickering

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week