Managing Justice: Agencies and the State

Subject CRIM30010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 contact hours per semester: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology or Socio-Legal Studies at 1st and 2nd year

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Julie Evans


Subject Overview:

This subject examines the intersections between social justice and criminal justice in the state's management of individuals and groups it considers to be at risk of harming, or being harmed, by others. Its core interests are to explore the relationship between different agencies and the state in the management of criminal justice in Victoria; the broader socio-political and historical context in which they operate; and the theory-practice nexus. To complement scholarly perspectives on complex social issues, (including, for example, in relation to youth justice; family violence and sexual assault; mental illness; drug and alcohol use; imprisonment detention), guest lecturers from local agencies and institutions will discuss the contemporary practice of criminal justice management in Victoria and implications for social justice more broadly. Students are encouraged to theorise, historicise, analyse and reflect upon these matters including with reference to a particular case study. The subject is of general relevance to social science students and of particular interest to those intending to work in the field and/or pursue internships at undergraduate Honours, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Understand the socio-economic, political, discursive and historical conditions influencing different conceptions of the relationship between social justice and criminal justice;
  • Understand the implications of different conceptions of the relationship between social justice and criminal justice for particular groups and individuals;
  • Appreciate the challenges associated with seeking to apply complex criminological theory arising in international contexts to localised criminal justice policy and practice in Victoria;
  • Appreciate the complexity of the relationship between government and non-government agencies and the state in the management of social justice and criminal justice in Victoria;
  • Be able to critically evaluate examples of different theoretical and applied conceptions of the social justice:criminal justice nexus in Victoria;
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

  • An essay of 1500 words (30%) due mid-semester.
  • An essay of 2500 words (70%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available as Breadth to all non-Bachelor of Arts students.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 Point Master of Criminology
Criminology Major
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Criminology

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