LAWS5223 Theories of Justice and Punishment

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit introduces students to contemporary theories of punishment. To do this, punishment needs to be seen in the broader context of economical, political, social, historical and cultural changes. Starting from an international perspective, it explains the mechanisms that have influenced penal policies over the last decades. The unit enables students, on a theoretical and an empirical level, to critically examine to what extent macro and meso analyses are able to explain convergences and divergences in penal practices.
Students are able to (1) explain drivers of contemporary penal policy on a global and local scale; (2) critically analyse the penal situation in Australia, including local differences; (3) apply their knowledge of penal policy and practices to actual cases; (4) demonstrate research skills appropriate for locating and assessing relevant primary and secondary materials; and (5) communicate information, ideas and argument related to the field of penal policy in a coherent and logical manner in both written and oral forms.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) group case study; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
Unit rules
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Advisable prior study:
LAWS2227 Law in Action, LAWS3341 Investigating Law and Society
Contact hours
Teaching dates for this unit are 2,9,16,23 and 30 August. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Cunneen, C., et al. Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison Farnham: Ashgate 2013

Tonry, M., ed. Determinants of Penal Policies. In Crime, Punishment, and Politics in a Comparative Perspective, vol. 36 'Crime and Justice: A Review of Research': University of Chicago Press 2007

Tubex, H. Contemporary Penal Policies: Oxford Handbooks Online in Criminology and Criminal Justice 2014

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