Unit code: ASL2003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


This unit includes a survey of the legislation, charters, declarations and rules governing the conduct of public institutions, the development of the various aspects of human rights as emphasised in the above decisions and documents; the philosophical principles enunciated in the above that are held to determine ethical conduct. It also includes an examination of evidence and critical thinking within ethical practice. What techniques are deployed by individuals in the context of ethical decision-making? Students will apply ethical frameworks and concepts to real-world dilemmas and present their case.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of ethical frameworks and theories that underpin professional practice in criminal justice contexts;
  2. Apply the study of ethics to the practices and relations of criminal and social justice;
  3. Apply ethical principles to 'real life' problems and issues in professional practice within the criminal justice system.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
1 x 2 Multiple Choice tests 15 % each
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Analyse ethical and moral perspectives related to criminal justice
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 40%
A review of a case and present (Report, Debate and Presentation on the findings)

Required reading

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