This unit (ASL3001) will provide students with a clear understanding of the factors that lead to fundamental reform within the criminal justice system. Students will explore a range of theories and best practice models from a national and international perspective, that have been implemented by a variety of stakeholders within the criminal justice system. Students will also learn about the legal and financial implications of reforms enacted by both the government and non-government sector and how these impact those involved in the criminal justice system.

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ASL1003 - Criminal Justice Systems

ASL2002 - Criminal Justice Systems 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify a range of factors that influence criminal justice reform and explore the processes involved;  
  2. Evaluate the impact of government funding on criminal justice reform;  
  3. Critically review theoretical models and their practical applications in the criminal justice system;  
  4. Investigate and evaluate the 'lived experience' of people involved in the criminal justice system;  
  5. Investigate the intersectionality of race and gender in the criminal justice system and evaluate the impact on making change.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Recommendations to Justice Minister 20%
Essay Analyse theoretical models and critically review their practical applications 40%
Presentation Group presentation identifying a range of factors that influence the need for criminal justice reform and exploration of the processes 40%
Equivalent Assessment word count of 5000 words

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