• Class Number 9080
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Lorana Bartels
    • Prof Lorana Bartels
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

Criminologists have a long standing interest in how offenders are punished. Situating punishment historically and comparatively before focusing on the functions, experiences and implications of modern techniques of punishment, this course introduces students to the key thinkers, ideas, problems and debates within the field of penology. This entails evaluating theories, studies, trends and practices of punishment. We will consider the history and changing function of punishment before analysing issues such as: court/trial administration, sentencing,rehabilitation,prison privatisation, mass incarceration, incapacitation, juvenile detention, probation, justice reinvestment, restorative justice, collateral penality, and alternatives to prison. We will contemplate how broader social, economic and political forces significantly shape the everyday administration of punishment and explore how criminal justice policies and programs differentially impact upon particular groups, ensuring their over-representation in prison facilities. We will also explore the arguments and activities of prison reform activists and imagine the future of penality.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of how social, historical, cultural, political and economic forces shape the administration and experience of punishment;
  2. source and evaluate research that engages the effects of criminal justice punishment on individuals, families, communities and society, as a whole;
  3. identify and engage the key issues, problems, trends, ideas and debates within the field of penology; and,
  4. discuss research, present findings and develop arguments, both orally and in writing.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will draw on the convenor’s extensive research experience on issues related to punishment, including as an adviser to the ACT, Commonwealth, Tasmanian and Victorian governments. Students will also hear from guest lecturers with professional experience in the field, including ACT Corrective Services, the ACT Sentence Administration Board, Prisoners Aid ACT and people with lived experience of prison. They will be required to reflect on these real-world contributions and supplement them with relevant research for their assessment.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All required materials will be provided on Wattle.

Recommended materials will be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Overview, key concepts and the history of punishment
2 The purposes and theories of punishment includes guest lecture by Professor Meredith Rossner
3 Restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and justice reinvestment
4 Prison, imprisonment and life after prison
5 Prison imprisonment and life after prison: Guest lecturers
6 Prison imprisonment and life after prison: Guest lecturers
7 Prison imprisonment and life after prison: Guest lecturers
8 Alternatives to prison
9 Women and young people
10 Indigenous peoples
11 Guest lecturers
12 Contemporary issues and summary

Tutorial Registration

Please register for one of the tutorials, scheduled for 9, 10, 12 or 1 on Thursdays from Week 1.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Class participation 10 % * 1, 3, 4
Individual presentation 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4
Take-home exam 40 % 20/10/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Research project 40 % 08/11/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


10% of the final mark will be based on students' participation in tutorials.

10% of the final mark will be based on a 3-minute presentation, to take place during the tutorials. Students will be randomly allocated to present their reflections on one of the guest lecturers, drawing on the required materials and at least two other sources.

Further details will be made available on Wattle.


40% of the final mark will be based on a 2000-word take-home exam, which will be released on 13 October and due at midnight on 20 October.

Further details will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Class participation

This is an ongoing form of assessment throughout the semester that requires you to prepare and actively participate by contributing to classes throughout the course. At a minimum, students will be expected to demonstrate that they have read/watched/listened to and understood the required materials for each class. Students are also expected to work collaboratively in small groups and whole-class discussion to analyse and discuss issues raised in the course. They will be required to engage in discussion and argument with respect to relevant issues. Students are expected to come prepared and participate within this collaborative environment, identifying issues for analysis, presenting ideas, facilitating discussion and resolving problems. Students are also expected to listen attentively to guest lecturers and ask relevant and thoughtful questions of them. 

Further information will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Individual presentation

Students will be required to give a 3-minute presentation, reflecting on one of the guest lecturers for the course, the required materials for that week and at least two other sources. They will be randomly allocated to one of the guest lecturers and give their presentation during the tutorial for that week. Issues to consider include:

  • How did this guest lecturer help you understand issues relating to punishment and society? 
  • What would you have liked to learn more about from this guest lecturer?
  • Did you have any assumptions or expectations about what you would learn? If so, did the guest lecturer confirm or confound these?

Students are welcome but not required to use a Powerpoint. They will be required to submit a reference list with the required materials and at least two additional sources on the day of their presentation.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 20/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Take-home exam

Students will be required to complete a 2000-word take-home exam, consisting of short answers covering the content of the course. The exam will be released on 13 October and due at midnight on 20 October.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 08/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research project

Students will be required to complete a research essay on one or more topics covered in the course. Indicative topics will be provided or students are welcome to develop their own topic, in consultation with the convenor.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Lorana Bartels

Research Interests

sentencing; corrections; the treatment of women and Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system

Prof Lorana Bartels

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Prof Lorana Bartels

Research Interests

Prof Lorana Bartels

Tuesday 12:00 13:00

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