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: 30%
Recommendations to Justice Minister
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Analyse theoretical models and critically review their practical applications
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
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

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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