Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedPrato First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Leanne Weber


This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
Previously coded CRI2080


This unit introduces students to the study of crime and human rights. The unit will trace the impact of human rights and other global forces on our understanding of what constitutes crime and harm. It will introduce students to key concepts of human rights and their application in a range of domestic and international criminal jurisdictions. Focusing on a series of contemporary case studies it will contrast European, Australian and North American inculcation of human rights in definitions and responses to crime: including policing, court processes, prosecution and punishment.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. The key elements of human rights;
  2. The application of human rights concepts to definitions of crime and justice;
  3. The impact of human rights on national and international efforts to combat crime;
  4. The importance of comparative approaches to crime and human rights across major regions of the world.


Online Project: 30%
Class Participation: 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three week intensive study 3 hrs x 8 sessions

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study