Crime and Punishment Study Guide

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Crime and Punishment

This unit focuses on crime and punishment within both the contexts of the criminal justice system and community-based orientations. It appraises the functioning of the major tiers and role-players of criminal justice in South Africa and internationally, recognising also the importance of new emerging forms of justice such as restorative justice. Analyses refer to the organisation, structures and functions of the South African police service, courts and sentencing, punishment and corrections, including community based approaches. Theories and perspectives of punishment and justice are included, providing the student with a critical understanding and specialised knowledge of the elements, aims and applications of punishment within an African and human rights framework.

Mode of Delivery| On campus|
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Chief Examiner| Dr Robert Peacock|
Unit Coordinator:| Dr Robert Peacock|
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Campus:| South Africa|
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Email:| tara.harris@monash.edu|
Office hours:| TBC|
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Tutor(s)| Mr Matthew Cronje and Mr Richard Charlton|
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Campus:| South Africa|
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Email:| mattcronje07@gmail.com and rwcha7@student.monash.edu| Consultation hours:| Arranged by tutors|
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SEMESTER 2 2011
http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/units/ATS2461.html

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

Learning Objectives
The learning outcomes of the Crime and Punishment course are to equip students with the following skills: 1) develop a critical awareness of the structure and functioning of criminal justice in South Africa and internationally; 2) understand contemporary debates relevant to crime, punishment and criminal justice; 3) analyse diverse arguments in relation to traditional and alternative forms of policing, sentencing and corrections; 4) apply punishment theories and perspectives on different contexts; 5) conduct independent research using appropriate science and technology effectively and responsibly when dealing with crime and punishment without harming society, the environment or individuals; and to 6) work and communicate with others as part of a multidisciplinary team to deal effectively with crime and punishment.

Graduate Attributes
Monash prepares its graduates to be:
1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
a. engage in an internationalised world
b. exhibit cross-cultural competence
c. demonstrate ethical values
2. critical and creative scholars who:
a. produce innovative solutions to problems
b. apply research skills to a range of challenges
c. communicate perceptively and effectively
Assessment Summary
Written essay (2000 words): 35%; 2xTutorial assessments (Presentation and 1000 word written assessment): 15% each; Written examination (3hours): 35%.

Assessment Task| Value| Due Date|
1. Written assessment| 35%| 29 August|
2. Tutorial assessment and written assessment| 15% each| During tutorials and 12 September| 3. Written examination| 35%| TBC|

Teaching Approach
* Lecture and tutorials. The lecturer will lecture during the allocated lecture period and the students will do presentations during tutorial sessions. It is the onus of the student to come prepared for lectures and tutorials.

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