LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines the institutions, activities and processes that make up the Australian criminal justice system including police, courts, prosecution and corrections. It investigates historical and contemporary issues within their broader political contact and considers the specific impact of various forms of discretionary decisions on classes, ethnic communities and gender.
Students are able to (1) gain a knowledge of (a) the role and activities of the institutions that make up the Australian criminal justice system; (b) the differential impact these activities have on various parts of Australian society; and (c) some explanations for the successes and failures of the Australian criminal justice system and (2) develop skills in (a) reading and analysing introductory criminological texts; (b) applying basic criminological theory to the work of criminal justice institutions; (c) using some criminological databases; and (d) written and oral communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class particpation; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jani McCutcheon
Unit rules
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes: 1 hour per fortnight
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
Recommended text

Marmo, M. et al. eds Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology: Thomson Reuters 2012

useful references

Anthony, T. and Cunneen, C. The Critical Criminology Companion: Hawkins Press 2008

Harrison, J. et al. Study Skills for Criminology: Sage 2012

Maguire, M. et al. eds The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 5th edn: OUP 2012

McLaughlin, E. and Muncie, J. eds The Sage Dictionary of Criminology, 3rd edn: Sage 2012

White, R. and Perrone, S. Crime, Criminality & Criminal Justice: OUP 2014

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