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Law, Justice and Social Policy (LEG100)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The purpose of this unit is to engage students in a critical discussion of our criminal justice system. Beyond basic knowledge acquisition of the Australian Criminal Justice System, students are challenged to think about the meaning of the term 'justice' and how this concept can differ from one individual/group to another. Students are required to think outside of their own perspective and to begin to appreciate the influences that impact on the lives of various citizens.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss cultural influences on perceptions of 'justice' and 'injustice'
2. Explain how different groups of people are affected differently by the criminal justice system
3. Identify how culture, law and society affect the shaping of laws and policy and vice versa
4. Explain the structure of the Australian legal system and some legal concepts, with particular reference to the criminal justice system
5. Outline basic elements of various legal systems
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: one hour per week commencing Week 3
Unit Learning Experiences This unit runs using lectures and tutorials and participation in tutorial is assessed.
Assessment An assignment, an online quiz, tutorial participation and a final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students may not enrol in this unit for credit toward the LLB or Juris Doctor (pre-2014).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
Appears in these Minors Law and Justice
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Lydia Wells
Lecturer in Migration

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2971
e: L.Wells@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.022 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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