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Unit Overview


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 context.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Criminology; Criminology and Criminal Justice major sequences
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the role and activities of criminal justice systems, their success and failures, and the impact these activities have on society; (2) apply criminological theory to the criminal justice system using quantitative and qualitative criminological resources; (3) evaluate and analyse criminiological literature; and (4) create clear, concise and persuasive arguments, through written work.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) policy document; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
Unit rules
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week for 11 weeks from week 2
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
Recommended text

Palmer, D., De Lint, W., & Dalton, D. Crime and Justice - A Guide to Criminology (5th Edition): Thomson Reuters 2017.

useful references

Newburn, T. Criminology (3rd Edition): Routledge 2017.

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

Liebling, A. et al. eds The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (6th Edition): OUP 2017

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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.