Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject engages with critical and cutting-edge issues in criminal justice and introduces students to key contemporary thinkers and researchers in the field in Australia and overseas. By examining topics of current criminological interest ,students will further hone their research, analysis and communication skills, enhancing their capacity to contribute to the development of criminal justice policy. Students will broaden and deepen their understanding of the relationship between criminology research, policy and practice. Students will be required to prepare, present and lead a seminar discussion on an aspect of the topic that is being studied.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminars, subject readings, library research.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LHCRI


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a specific topic of contemporary relevance in criminal justice practice and research.
02. Conduct original research, selecting and employing appropriate research tools and methods
03. Critically evaluate and analyse key debates and issues and communicate that analysis clearly and effectively in oral and written form
04. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of criminal justice theory and practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Participation in class discussions. Students will be advised in the Subject Learning Guide how participation will be assessed.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO3

Class presentation (1500 word equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Research essay  6 x 1,000 word essays (total of 6000 words).


N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4