ACR702 - Criminological Policy and Criminal Justice Practice


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

On average students will spend 150-hours per trimester in guided learning, individual study, research and assessment activities

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 x 2-hour online seminars per trimester


This unit explores the processes and practices that inform government decision-making. How do Governments reach decisions about appropriate crime policy? Are those decisions evidence-based? What role does criminological research play in shaping contemporary crime and criminal justice policy? This unit explores how governmental crime and criminal justice policies are developed and implemented. In doing so, it examines how criminologists have become increasingly interested in the processes of policy-making and global circulation of crime control policies. This unit examines different approaches used to explain the shape of policy-making in both global and national contexts, including how structural/economic, cultural, and political conditions influence the development, circulation, convergence, and adoption of crime and criminal justice policies. It will cover a broad range of state and non-state actors that are implicated in the production of, and contestations over, crime and criminal justice policies. A number of discrete empirical areas regarding policy processes in the criminal justice system will be explored, and may include penal policy, policing, privatisation, the environment, drug policy, as well as human and digital rights.

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