Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html

Quota applies

The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).


This unit introduces the key concepts in the administration of criminal justice and the major ethical systems. It examines issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice by identifying the ethical dilemmas that might arise for professionals in the criminal justice system. Topics will include ethics and police, ethics and lawyers, ethics in corrections and the ethics of criminal justice policy making. In discussing ethical dilemmas at the various stages of the administration of criminal justice, students will be encouraged and challenged to think about the differences and interplay between the procedural rules, institutional practices and ethical guidelines. The impact and implications of the issues are considered and their possible resolutions explored. The different approaches taken by different countries in tackling the said issues will be examined by students, who will be invited to think critically about how ethics can facilitate in the search for the appropriate resolution for the said issues.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in the administration of criminal justice and the major ethical systems;
  • identify the ethical dilemmas in the administration of criminal justice;
  • analyse selected issues in the administration of criminal justice from an ethical viewpoint;
  • evaluate criminal justice practices and laws from an ethical perspective; and
  • engage in discussion of how ethics can play a role in the resolution of issues in criminal justice in different legal jurisdictions.


Class participation: 10%; presentation: 10%; 1 research paper (6,000 words): 80%

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Contact hours

Students will be required to attend 36 hours of seminars, and undertake approximately an additional 108 hours of private study, including reading, class preparation, assignment preparation and revision time over the duration of the course.