CRJU101-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015

Introduction to Criminal Justice

15 points
23 Feb 2015 - 28 Jun 2015


The structure of the Criminal Justice system and the role of government agencies: Investigative and prosecutorial agencies such as Police, Fisheries, Customs, Serious Fraud Office, Crown prosecutors (includes ESR); the criminal courts ( High, District and Youth Courts) jurisdiction and roles); Corrections and related activities (includes Probation, fines enforcement etc, community service etc; CYPS.

When convicted persons get life sentences they seldom spend the rest of their lives in
prison. Why is such a commonly-known term like ‘life imprisonment’ so poorly
understood? This lack of understanding is common to many topics that make up the
discipline of criminal justice. CRJU101 will lift the veil on crime, how it is defined,
how laws are made, how they are policed, how the courts work, restorative justice, the
history of punishment and prisons, and even the psychological make-up of criminals.

CRJU101 is broken into a number of components that will be taught by many of New
Zealand’s leading experts in their respective fields. These components will be woven
together to introduce the broad field of criminal justice in New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course students will have:
  •  An elementary understanding of the criminal justice system in New Zealand at
    both a theoretical and practical level.
  •  An awareness of different concepts of criminal justice, including those of
    Maori and Pasifika.
  •  An understanding of a range of discrete topics within criminal justice that will
    enable them to move into further study within the discipline.
  •  Increased competency in the areas of critical thinking, comprehension, and
    academic writing skills.



Equivalent Courses


Timetable Note

There will be tutorials for this course.  These will be timetabled in due course with information on the tutorials being provided in the first week of lectures.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay One 26 Mar 2015 20%
Essay Two 08 May 2015 30%
Final Exam 50%

This course may be assessed by way of two essays and a final exam.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

J Finn; D Mathias; R Mansfield; Criminal Procedure in New Zealand; Revised 1st ed; Thomson Reuters, 2013.

Tolmie and Brookbanks; Criminal Justice in New Zealand;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $697.00

International fee $2,913.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 40 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Law.

All CRJU101 Occurrences

  • CRJU101-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015