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Advanced Criminal Justice (11261.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



This unit will build on Criminal Justice (for Justice Studies students) or Criminal Law and Procedure (for Law students) to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in relation to the operation of the criminal justice system. It will have a particular focus on policing, sentencing and corrections. It will examine criminal investigations and the legalities associated with the collection of evidence, as well as sentencing and correctional responses to offending in their legal, social and political context. Students will learn about the purposes and principles of investigations, the differing types of evidence and the processes involved in conducting police inquiries. Students will also learn about the purposes and principles of punishment, sentencing factors and the range of sentencing options available. Topics such as changes in the use of prison, programs in prison and post-release challenges may also be considered. The unit will consider the needs of special groups, including juveniles, women and Indigenous people. The subject adopts a criminological approach, drawing on and critiquing empirical studies and administrative data.

This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Explain the scope and dimensions of the topic area, including: a. The purposes and principles and regulation of criminal investigations, b. The purposes and principles of punishment, c. The range of sentencing options available and the key issues associated with these options, and d. The needs of specific groups, such as juveniles, women and Indigenous offenders;

2. Analyse the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of crime in the context of policing, sentencing and corrections and contribute to informed policy debate about these issues;

3. Undertake research, including identifying and critically evaluating the relevant literature;

4. Communicate ideas and information appropriately in written and oral forms;

5. Work effectively alone or in groups; and

6. Apply professional standards in discussion and exhibit ethical and responsible values.

Contact Hours

Intensive on campus sessions totalling 38 hours for the teaching period.


This unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Justice Studies course.

Students must have passed at least 36 credit points, including 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice AND 11279 Criminal Law and Procedure for Bachelor of Laws students OR 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice AND 11256 Criminal Justice for Bachelor of Justice Studies students.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

10080 Criminal Investigations
9803 Sentencing and Corrections

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