• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Legal Practice, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Australian courts represent a fundamental pillar of the criminal justice system. Understanding their role and responsibilities is important for students studying criminology, sociology, law and public policy. In this course, students will be introduced to the key issues and principles which govern the administration of justice, particularly as this relates to the important role of courts within the wider criminal justice system. Both historical and contemporary issues will be explored, including a key focus on recent innovations as the judicial system attempts to become more responsive to the multiplicity of needs within the offender population. Wherever possible, this course is complemented with field visits to the ACT Magistrates and Supreme Courts, as well as the High Court of Australia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Source and evaluate information and data about the role and function of courts in Australia.
  2. Chart the history of innovation in court practice in Australia and its connection to the development of criminal justice policy.
  3. Apply both theory and research to critically evaluate the role and function of courts in Australia.
  4. Present the outcomes of research in both oral and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

Semester-based Offering (13 weeks)
Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 2 & 4)
Online reflection via Wattle (10%) (LO 2, 3 & 4)
Field report and tutorial presentation (1000 words and 10 minutes) (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Minor Essay (1500 words) (30%) (LO 1, 3 & 4)
Examination (2 hours) (30%) (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Intensive Offering
Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 2 & 4)
Online reflection via Wattle (10%) (LO 2, 3 & 4)
Major Essay (2500 words) (40%) (LO 1, 3 & 4)
Take Home Examination (5 days, 1500 words) (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4)

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Semester-based Offering (13 weeks)
One 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial each week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week over the semester (total of 130 hours).

Intensive Offering
The teaching for this course will be conducted over 6 days in a two week period, and consists of classes or field-trip activities to the equivalent of 40 hours. Students are expected to commit a further 90 hours of independent study towards class preparation and the completion of assessment items (total of 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Criminology (CRIM) or Sociology (SOCY) courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM6008.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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