Courses & Units

Issues in Criminal Justice LAW678


Summer school unit.

Semester 2 Off campus offering is only available for outbound exchange students studying an equivalent unit overseas on approved international exchange.


The aim of this unit is to explore some key issues of principle in criminal justice, examining aspects of the criminal law and wider developments in criminal justice. Three clusters will provide the focus of the unit. The first cluster examines certain constitutional and human rights principle relating to the presumption of innocence. The second cluster examines the extent to which the criminal law can properly be used to enforce positive duties of the citizen. The third and most substantial cluster examines the preventive turn in criminal justice, looking at the ways in which conduct is criminalized for preventive purposes, and other ways in which coercive measures are justified on grounds of prevention. The essential method of the unit will be to reflect on issues of principle relating to each of the topics, exploring their connections with deeper moral and political principles.


Unit name Issues in Criminal Justice
Unit code LAW678
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law

Prof. Andrew Ashworth

Teaching staff

Prof. Andrew Ashworth

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090999

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  • Pre-requisites: EITHER LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250,LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

To be taught intensively in the summer period.


Two hour exam (90%) and a class participation (10%).

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