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Sentencing and Corrections (9803.1)

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

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

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



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    • Winter Term, 2016, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (152561) - View

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    This unit will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in Australian sentencing and corrections in their legal, social and political context. Students will learn about the purposes and principles of punishment, sentencing factors, and the range of sentencing options available. Contemporary corrections will be explored, including community corrections, changes in the use of prison, programs for prisoners, parole and recidivism. The unit will consider the needs of special groups, including women, juveniles and Indigenous offenders. The issues associated with offenders' physical and mental health will also be discussed. Specific topics may include: mandatory sentencing, the role of public opinion, justice reinvestment, prison privatisation, deaths in custody and victims' and prisoners' rights. The subject adopts a criminological approach, drawing on and critiquing empirical studies and administrative data. This unit will be co-taught with Sentencing and Corrections PG, 9805.

    Learning Outcomes

    On 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 of punishment; b. the range of sentencing options available and the key issues associated with these options; and c. the needs of specific groups, such as women, juveniles and Indigenous offenders.

    2. Analyse the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of attempts to address offending and contribute to informed policy debate about punishment in Australia;

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

    4. Communicate ideas and information appropriately for academic or professional audiences 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.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.


    7025, Criminal Law and Procedure or 9015, Criminal Process or relevant work experience.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Understanding of the criminal justice system.

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