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 UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Emmanuel Maravanyika


The police, courts, and corrections constitute the Criminal Justice System. The "independence" of these three elements from each other is essential to the civil, political and human rights of a particular society. This unit describes and analyses the crucial functions of each part of the system and of the system as a whole. In so doing it incorporates emerging forms of justice and formal and informal approaches to policing, mediating and punishment.


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

  1. A critical understanding of the functioning of the three elements of the criminal justice system and of the system as a whole;
  2. An understanding of contemporary debates relevant to global criminal justice issues from an African perspective;
  3. The skill to analyse contemporary issues in relation to traditional and alternative forms of policing, sentencing and punishing;
  4. The ability to write an essay based on rational argument;
  5. The skills needed to deliver an oral presentation;
  6. Library and internet based research skills.


Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%
Essay: 40% (2000 words)
Examination: 50% (2 hours)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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