Examining the social and psychological ramifications of imprisonment and other punitive measures, Punishment, Justice and Reform is an online criminology unit offered by Griffith University through Open Universities Australia.
The unit identifies the intended and unintended consequences of criminal justice in Australia with a particular focus on punishment and sentencing as experienced across varied social groups.
The role that gender, age, ethnicity and mental health play in the application and experience of criminal justice is explored as a way of illuminating the strengths and limitations of the system itself.
You will gain a better understanding of penological principles and social theories surrounding the concept of punishment, and learn to apply these theories and principles in an analytical manner.
This is not an introductory unit, it is a third year unit. You should complete other first and second year criminology units before starting this unit.
Areas of study
In this criminology unit, the topics you will study include:
It's not just about the prison
Principles and practices of punishment and sentencing
Some social perspectives on punishment
Sexual offences against children: civilising vengeance?
Terrorism: risk, retaliation and preventive detention
Doing drug courts: clinic or Panopticon?
Possession is 9/10ths of the law: Indigenous justice and the decolonisation of justice
Domestic violence: special pleas and specialist courts
Youth justice conferencing: restoration and restitution
Hitting hoons where it hurts: from fines to forfeiture
Summary and conclusions
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of 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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You will build upon your sociological knowledge in this unit, strengthening skills needed to pursue criminology and behavioural studies as a career. You may wish to engage in further study and certification in these fields; this unit offers valuable insights that can be carried through study and into your professional career.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Punishment, Justice and Reform 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 or HECS-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 OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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