The Making Sense of Criminal Justice is an online unit delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, that is designed to identify, examine and evaluate the effectiveness of the Australian criminal justice system as it exists today.
The unit looks at the fairness and effectiveness of the existing system and how it delivers justice to maximise social harmony, and explores alternative models of criminal justice systems that may be adopted by liberal democracies.
The unit will enable you to understand the main components of the Australian criminal justice system and the competing tensions within a liberal democracy, and how these impact on the response to selected crimes.
To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health
Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have already completed it before, or have completed a unit that is considered an academic equivalent.
Areas of study
In this Making Sense of Criminal Justice unit, the topics you will study include:
Module A: the nature of the criminal justice system
Models of criminal justice
Internal and external factors shaping the system: example – indigenous people and criminal justice
Adjudication and court processes
Corrections and the purposes of punishment
The new enforcers (crime commissions)
Module B: responding to crime: systemic strengths, weaknesses and adaptations
White collar crime, corporate crime, and regulation
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health, Griffith University
Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will help you develop a stronger understanding of the role of the criminal justice system in the wider context of a liberal and democratic society. This unit is ideally suited to individuals looking to pursue a career within the criminal justice system, and would help qualify you to work in one the following specialisations:
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Making Sense of Criminal Justice from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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