- Code CRIM2007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Criminology
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Legal Practice, Criminology
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- source and evaluate information and data about the role and function of courts in Australia;
- chart the history of innovation in court practice in Australia and its connection to the development of criminal justice policy;
- apply both theory and research to critically evaluate the role and function of courts in Australia; and
- present the outcomes of research in both oral and written formats.
- Semester-based Offering (13 weeks) (null) [LO null]
- Class participation (including online) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Court report (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,3,4]
- Take-home exam (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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WorkloadSemester length delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of workshops; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Intensive delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 40 hours of contact over 12 weeks: workshops and field trip activities delivered intensively over 6 days in a 2 week period; and b) 90 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
TBC on Wattle
Assumed KnowledgeThis course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology.
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