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BCDP02-013: The Australian Criminal Justice System


This subject considers the main institutions and agencies involved in criminal justice in Australia, namely police, courts and prisons. The subject offers descriptions and data regarding these institutions as well as critical analyses of the agencies involved with reference to particular social groups and crime issues. Some contemporary issues include deaths in custody, the role of juries, mandatory sentencing, notification laws, DNA evidence and restorative justice. The overall emphasis is on gaining knowledge of how these institutions operate and what the current policy implications are. However, we will also examine other justice systems (juvenile justice, restorative, inquisitorial) to provide a basis of comparison with the operations of criminal justice in Australia.

Subject details

FacultyBond University College
Study areas
  • University Preparation & Diploma

Learning outcomes

1. Students will be able to describe the processes involved in the justice system
2. Students will develop skills to appraise new developments in justice processes (such as drug courts).
3. Students will be able to critically discuss contemporary criminal justice issues (such as lock-out laws).

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into a Bond College Diploma Program.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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