About this unit
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.
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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.
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.
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
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OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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