CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102709

Coordinator Ryan Thorneycroft Opens in new window

Description This unit introduces students to criminal justice issues and practices through an examination of the Australian criminal justice system and its processes. This is achieved through a court visit (either virtual or physical) as a method of unobtrusive participant observation. Students will examine how the criminal justice system works (and sometimes fails to work), and how police, courts, and corrections influence the processes of criminalisation, victimisation, and (in)justice.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects CULT 1007 - Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice CULT 1003 - Crime and Criminal Justice CULT 1008 - Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice (WSTC) CULT 1025 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (WSTC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Define the concepts central to understandings of justice generally and criminal justice specifically.
  2. Explain how the Australian criminal justice system works with reference to each branch of the system; police, courts, and corrections.
  3. Discuss Australian criminal justice systems and processes and alternative forms of delivering justice.
  4. Articulate an appropriate understanding of theories and concepts used to inform policing, courts and corrections when working with communities, groups and individuals with whom they engage.

Subject Content

A holistic understanding of crime and its relation to criminal justice process.
Defining justice.
The purpose of justice, consideration of the role of justice in society.
Justice and crime, connecting notions of justice to the politics of social control.
The link between justice and law, including the separation of powers between parliament, judiciary and the executive branch of government.
Criminal justice institutions and practices: reporting on the role of police, courts, and corrections.
The criminalisation process and social inequality ? gender/sexuality, indigeneity/race and class.
The purpose of punishment and sentencing.
Comparing and contrasting approaches to justice (traditional and alternative approaches e.g. restorative justice).
Defining policing, including the historical context of policing in Australia as well as features of modern policing.
The impact of police discretion, culture, misconduct and moral vulnerability upon police accountability as well as emerging trends in policing.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 4 quizzes x 10 multiple choice questions each 20 N Individual
Review 1,000 words 40 N Individual
Project 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2021-2022 Summer

Online (Summer A)

Online

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 1

Penrith (Kingswood)

Day

Subject Contact Ryan Thorneycroft Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Liverpool

Day

Subject Contact Ryan Thorneycroft Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Online

Online

Subject Contact Ryan Thorneycroft Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 1

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact David-Jack Fletcher Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Wsu Online

Online

Subject Contact David-Jack Fletcher Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Sydney City

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Subject Contact Andrey Zheluk Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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