Criminal Justice Systems 2

Unit code: ASL2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit will provide students with an understanding of the range of alternative justice systems that operate within the community context and the important role they play. These include Community Justice centres, Diversion programs, Koori Courts, Drugs Court and mediation programs. The aim is to consider firstly how these approaches have a range of impacts that may include lowering recidivism rates, engaging community involvement and secondly how community and justice workers can use such practices to support offenders so that they are empowered through the process. There is a growing number of diversion and community justice programs within Corrections and in the Community; this unit considers the opportunities and limitations of the diversion strategies in diverse societies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify a range of strategies that may mitigate criminal justice sentencing
  2. Evaluate the impact of alternative justice strategies
  3. Explore the benefits of criminal justice diversion programs particularly as an intervention with young adults.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Case Study of an alternative justice program
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Analyse the benefits of alternative community justice strategies
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Multiple Choice

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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