LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Criminology major sequence
  • 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 context.
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.

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 Hilde Tubex and Dr Joe Clare
Unit rules
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week for 11 weeks from week 2
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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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