CRIM306 Equity and Justice?

Updated: 03 September 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites (SOCY104 or CRIM104) and (CRIM100 or CRIM101); or 24cp
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Helena Menih (
Unit Description

This unit explores how issues are identified as social and crime 'problems' and, how such categorisation influences the search for solutions, justice and social order. Students will investigate various social issues (such as economic inequality; health and substance problems; family problems; culture, race, ethnicity and marginalisation; sexuality and gender inequality; and social control) and their connection to crime and victimisation. 'Justice' is a key theme throughout the trimester and students will question how justice can be pursued, observed or fail in our topics. The unit will be relevant to those seeking to work in the criminal justice and legal system, human services (including social work) and the health care system. We will investigate examples from Australian context along with the international context for comparison.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. critically evaluate the links between social problems and criminal activity;
  2. compare and contrast how social values influence the definition and identification of social problems and shape responses to them, with the ability to communicate the response effectively to others;
  3. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of how legislative, judicial, and administrative systems respond to social problems; and
  4. use autonomy and judgement to critically analyse the assumptions on which social problems are based and the solutions that are created by society.