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


This unit focuses on formal and informal responses to crime and punishment. It examines issues relating to sentencing, punishment and corrections, including community based sanctions such as restorative justice. Theories and perspectives of punishment, justice and crime reduction are appraised providing a critical understanding and specialised knowledge of the evolution, elements, aims and applications of punishment within an African and international human rights framework.


The learning outcomes of the unit are to equip students with the following skills:

  1. Develop a critical awareness of the structure and functioning of criminal justice in South Africa and internationally;
  2. Understand contemporary debates relevant to crime, punishment and criminal justice;
  3. Analyse diverse arguments in relation to traditional and alternative forms of policing, sentencing and corrections;
  4. Apply punishment theories and perspectives on different contexts;
  5. Conduct independent research using appropriate science and technology effectively and responsibly when dealing with crime and punishment without harming society, the environment or individuals;
  6. Work and communicate with others as part of a multidisciplinary team to deal effectively with crime and punishment.


Written assessment: 40%
Tutorial assessment: 25%
Written examination:35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

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


ATS2461, ATS3461, AZA2461