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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 inprison. Why is such a commonly-known term like ‘life imprisonment’ so poorlyunderstood? This lack of understanding is common to many topics that make up thediscipline 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, thehistory 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 NewZealand’s leading experts in their respective fields. These components will be woventogether to introduce the broad field of criminal justice in New Zealand.
By the end of this course students will have: an elementary understanding of the criminal justice system in New Zealand atboth a theoretical and practical level. an awareness of different concepts of criminal justice, including those ofMāori and Pasifika. an understanding of a range of discrete topics within criminal justice that willenable them to move into further study within the discipline. increased competency in the areas of critical thinking, comprehension, andacademic writing skills.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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.
For further information see
School of Law Head of Department
• Online multi-choice quizzes set throughout the course. These quizzes will count for 10% of the course grade.• A Test of one hours duration. This test will count for 20% of the course grade.• A 1500 word essay. This essay will count for 30% of the course grade.• A closed book examination will be set at the end of the semester. The examination will count for 40% of the course grade.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Further recommended readings outlined as the course unfolds.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 40 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Law.