• Class Number 6920
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Lorana Bartels
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • Dr Helen Taylor
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 and lived experience of punishment. 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 and/or available in the ANU library.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Overview and key concepts; The history of punishment
2 Purposes and theories of punishment and guest lecturer
3 Alternative justice models
4 Alternatives to prison
5 Prison
6 Life after prison
7 Indigenous peoples
8 Women and young people
9 International perspectives and guest lecture
10 Guest lectures
11 Guest lectures
12 Guest lecture, future directions and conclusion

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Course participation 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Quiz 20 % 1, 2, 4
Research essay 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Reflection 20 % 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


See above



Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Course participation

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 both 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. 

There is also an option to make written contributions, as a substitute for course participation, on Wattle.

Further details are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4


Students are required to complete two quizzes, each worth 10% of the total mark for the course. One will be administered in Week 6 and the second will be administered in Week 12. The quiz will contain multiple-choice questions. Each quiz will be open for an hour of the student's choosing over a one-week period.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research essay

Students are 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, related to the course content.

Word count: 2,000 words, exclusive of reference list, due 11.59 pm, Sunday 8 October.

Further details and rubric are available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Students are required to write a personal reflection on one of the guest lectures and the required materials for that week. Students are also encouraged to draw on other relevant materials from the course.

The reflection will be marked on the basis of:

1.     depth;

2.     engagement with the materials; and

3.     writing and expression.

At the start of semester, students will be asked to nominate their preferred guest lecture. Every effort will be made to accommodate students’ requests, taking into account the need to balance assessments across the semester.

Word count: 1,000 words, exclusive of reference list.

Students are required to submit their piece by 11.59pm of the Wednesday the week after their allocated guest lecture (eg, if a student's allocated week is Week 10, their reflection is due by 11.59pm on 18 October).

Further details and rubric are available on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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


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.

Late submission (with extension) is permitted for the reflection and research project. It is not permitted for the quizzes.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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

By Appointment
Dr Helen Taylor

Research Interests

Dr Helen Taylor

By Appointment

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