Criminal Justice 3

    Unit code: ASL3001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    ASL1003 - Criminal Justice Systems
    ASL2002 - Criminal Justice Systems 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit 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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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

    Required reading

    Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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