Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Spivakovsky


Previously coded CRI4010


The unit explores a range of criminal justice institutions and organisations along with the nexus between research and policy. There are a diverse range of criminal justice organisations in the community that interact with various criminal justice institutions and seek to reform and improve access to justice and substantive justice for offenders and/or victims. These organisations typically engage with policy issues and undertake and utilise research to inform their work and to create pressure for change. The unit engages with criminal justice organisations and institutions in order to critically examine the policy environment and the potential of research to impact on criminal justice.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically examine contemporary criminal justice practice and research in relation to new frameworks and directions in criminal justice.
  2. Orally present an account of a research thesis on a criminal justice topic.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary criminal justice research on policy development.
  4. Produce critical written accounts of contemporary criminal justice practice and research.


Criminal justice research paper: 30%
Class presentation: 10%
Research report: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week