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Advanced Criminal Justice PG (11455.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
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 the undergraduate version of the unit.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Describe 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. Undertake research related to criminal justice, including investigating, critically evaluating and synthesising the relevant literature;

    3. Contribute to informed policy debate about the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of crime in the context of policing, sentencing and corrections;

    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

    Thirty-eight hours in total.


    This unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of Legal Studies, Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies or Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies courses.

    Students must have passed 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G AND 11436 Criminal Law and Procedure G or equivalent units.



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