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LAWS6193: Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control

2024 unit information

This unit examines responses to crime and crime prevention with reference to shifting notions of crime and responsibility for crime. It encourages a critical appreciation of the limitations of criminal justice system responses to crime and the necessity to develop a broader approach to crime prevention policy which responds to economic, social and cultural issues. The unit examines different ways of thinking about criminal justice, such as a means of order maintenance, dispute resolution, or risk management, and the shifting focus towards the prevention of future harms. Specific topics may include: restorative justice specialist courts, privatisation and contractualism, security, policing, and approaches to crime prevention and community safety. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6193
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically evaluate different models and approaches to crime prevention and control, incorporating an analysis of contemporary debates and theoretical insights in criminology
  • LO2. Critically analyse the challenges and developments leading to the ‘preventive turn’ in criminal justice, including the impact of socio-legal contexts on the growth of crime prevention and control measures
  • LO3. Synthesise knowledge of contemporary crime trends, the effectiveness of crime prevention and control measures, and predict future crime and crime prevention trends
  • LO4. Apply theoretical insights to critically examine crime prevention and criminal justice policies, including analysing influences on the creation of the current crime control agenda and shifting notions of responsibility for crime
  • LO5. Articulate and debate shifting notions of responsibility for crime, crime control, and crime prevention, integrating perspectives from restorative justice, privatisation, and community safety approaches.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive June 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive April 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session 1 Early Census 2021
Block mode Remote
Intensive April 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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