Faculty of Arts

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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 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paddy Rawlinson


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/


This unit introduces students to the Italian criminal justice system. It does so through comparison with criminal justice systems in Australian states and territories. The unit traces the impact of the criminal justice system on contemporary concerns around migration and crime. It examines the increasing integration of the criminal justice system and immigration systems including but not limited to processes for deterring and encouraging migration, responses to particular forms of international mobility (focusing on people smuggling and trafficking), the use of migration powers by criminal justice agents (including detention and deportation, the impact of contemporary criminal justice and migration systems on particular groups.


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

  • the key elements of the Italian criminal justice systems;
  • similarities and differences between Australian approaches to criminal justice and Italian approaches to criminal justice;
  • the integration of criminal justice and migration systems in Australia and Italy;
  • ongoing and emerging concerns in criminal justice responses to migration issues;

In addition third year students will be required to demonstrate

  • critical analysis of international migration and its regulation;
  • wider reading and comprehension of criminal justice consequences for international migration.

The Unit aims to enhance the ability of students to develop research proposals and plans and to undertake independent research under the guidance of supervision.


Essay abstract(500 words): 10%
Essay plan(1000 words): 10%
Research essay(3000 words): 70%
Workshop & seminar participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

- One full day seminar (7 hours)
- Five x 2.5 hour seminars (during which there will be individual supervision meetings with each student to give direct feedback on research essay abstract and plans)

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