Global Reconstructions of Justice

Subject CRIM90016 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Criminology at Undergraduate level
Non Allowed Subjects: 166-561 Global Reconstructions of Justice
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Ms Claire Loughnan


Dr. Nesam McMillan:
Subject Overview:

Recent decades have seen a number of international and inter-regional initiatives aimed at nation-building, peacemaking, peacekeeping and the reconstruction of systems of law and justice in states emerging from colonial rule or de-federation, and/or under stress from internal conflict, adverse economic and environmental conditions or other debilitating factors. This subject provides a critical examination of the role of criminal justice reform within these broader initiatives. The subject examines efforts to reconstruct systems of law enforcement, adjudication and punishment, and assesses the nature and extent of criminological contributions to these efforts. Topics selected for detailed scrutiny will be drawn from a list which includes: the foundations and effectiveness of transformative justice programs; criminology and the idea of state modernisation; indigenous forms of conflict resolution and experiences with their integration into 'mainstream' criminal justice systems; RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands); policing and other justice reforms in post-Apartheid South Africa, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, East Timor or Papua New Guinea; the role of the United Nations in global and regional criminal justice through such structures as the Peacebuilding Commission and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime; and international criminal justice anti-corruption programs.

  • To develop a broad understanding of the reasons for and practices of attempts to reconstruct systems of justice across the globe.
  • To examine in detail examples of justice reconstruction programs drawn from near-neighbour, regional and other environments.
  • To interrogate the strengths and weaknesses of reconstruction rationale and practice.
  • To examine critically criminological contributions to reconstruction.

Written work totalling 5000 words, comprising a 1500 word essay (30%) due mid-semester, and a 3500 word research essay (70%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally.
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications.
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
Notes: CRIM90016 Global Reconstructions of Justice is a compulsory component of the first 100 points of the Master of Criminology (200 point program).
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology

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