CRIMINAL JUSTICE

LAW3CJU

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The criminal justice system refers to the collection of state institutions (eg courts) and agencies (eg police, prosecution, corrections) responsible for the processing of persons accused of committing crime, and convicted of a crime. This subject matter is examined at a number of different levels. At the broadest level, the meaning of, and application of, fundamental legal doctrines such as the Rule of Law, judicial independence and prosecutorial independence, are examined. At a different level, more specific rules are examined. These rules govern the responsibilities and duties of key officials and correspondingly, create basic rights of accused and convicted persons. This subject focuses upon case analysis and legislative provisions. The operation of discretionary powers is one theme which unifies the various topics covered.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1CRL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW1CJU, LAW2CJU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCorns and Tudor, Criminal investigation and procedure: the law in VictoriaPrescribedCorns, C, and Tudor, S.latest editionLAW BOOK CO. THOMSON REUTERS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of the law governing the administration of criminal justice in Victoria.

Activities:
Lectures and/or tutorial discussions on the basic institutions and personnel responsible for the administration of criminal justice in Victoria and at the federal level; the basic legal doctrines, principles and procedures which underpin the criminal justice system. Online quiz.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

02. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the administration of criminal justice.

Activities:
Library research class, Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Critically analyse contemporary issues relevant to the administration of criminal justice.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and/or online resources directed at evaluating the fairness and efficiency of the criminal justice system, Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

04. Evaluate areas for reform of the administration of criminal justice and construct a coherent argument for that reform.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and/or online resources engaging with recent or ongoing reforms relevant to the criminal justice system in Victoria and/or in other jurisdictions. Assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Information Literacy (Information Literacy)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Summer 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPascale Chifflet

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 02 - 07
Five 7.5 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"5 days of classes running over two weeks"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class participation activity (1,000 words equivalent per student)These are in-class activities done in groups and occasionally individually20 01, 03, 04
Final assignment (2,500 words)70 01, 02, 03, 04
Online quiz (500 words equivalents)10 01