Global Reconstructions of Justice

Subject CRIM90016 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Undergraduate level

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Nesam Mcmillan


Dr. Neasm McMillan

Subject Overview:

Crime and criminal justice can no longer be considered as local issues, whilst criminology can no longer confine itself to national borders. There are now international crimes and international courts, as well as a common conception that the crime and suffering that happens elsewhere is of global concern. This subject therefore critically examines crime, justice and responsibility from an international and comparative perspective. It explores the emergence of international crimes and international courts; analyses the operation and rationale of internationally and regionally-led interventions, which aim to both halt ongoing atrocities and reconstruct local justice systems in their wake; and, examines a series of case studies which highlight current global issues that demand criminological attention. Concerned with the connection beween the local and the global, this subject seeks to highlight what criminology - traditionally a nationally focused discipline - can contribute and gain through a greater engagement with international crime and criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • develop a sound understanding of crime and criminal justice in a global context;
  • evaluate the rationale and practice of internationalised justice initiatives;
  • examine the strengths and weaknesses of current ways of addressing international crime and its societal impact;
  • analyse the social, cultural and political dynamics of the internationalisation of crime and justice.

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. Regular participation in class is required.

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. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A Subject Reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
100 Point Master of Criminology
150 Point Master of Criminology
200 Point Master of Criminology
200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics

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