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What Works in Criminal Justice (Criminology) (7915.3)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School




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    This unit examines the effectiveness of criminal justice interventions in changing individual behaviour, reducing opportunities for crime and increasing public safety. The subject considers the research evidence about the effectiveness and impacts of selected policies, and reviews methodologies of evaluation. Case studies may include: regulating drug use, dealing with juvenile delinquency, managing domestic violence, and controlling organised crime.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete this unit will be able to demonstrate:

    1. comprehensive knowledge of key concepts and debates associated with criminal justice evaluation studies;

    2. ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies associated with evaluating criminal justice programs, and knowledge about when it is appropriate to use each approach;

    3. skills in identifying, critically evaluating and using literature in criminal justice evaluations;

    4. skills in operationalising research questions;

    5. interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to working in the justice sector and undertaking further study related to it and other fields;

    6. ability to present research material in a clear and logical manner.

    Contact Hours

    4 hours a week.


    Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of the degree program.

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