CRJU301-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Sentencing Theory and Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


Theoretical bases for sentencing: just deserts, utilitarianism and other theories. Plea negotiation. Sentencing Act 2002- process, principles and practice. Probation and parole. Proceeds of Crime legislation.

This course is designed to provide LLB and BCJ students with an understanding of the sentencing and post-sentencing process.  It will discuss the theoretical bases for sentencing, before considering how sentencing works in practice.  Post-sentencing issues like the Clean Slate and Expungement laws, and Extended Supervision and Public Protection Orders will also be considered.  Throughout the course, students will be introduced to current debates about the efficacy of different kinds of sentences and with the ethical issues arising in the sentencing process.

Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will, by the end of the course, be able to:
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the different theories of sentencing and how they relate to the Sentencing Act 2002;
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the sentencing process in New Zealand and the sentencing principles guiding judges;
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the legal basis for, and practical operation of, the probation and parole systems and the nature and effect of proceeds of crime legislation;
  •  Demonstrate familiarity with the roles of different criminal justice professionals involved in the sentencing process and parole and probation systems; and
  •  Critically engage with current debates on the efficacy and ethics of different forms of sentencing.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.



Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Students will be expected to attend lectures and workshops and to engage in approximately 60 hours of self-directed research.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Debra Wilson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay One 05 Apr 2019 20%
Essay Two 31 May 2019 30%
Final Examination 50%

Assessment will likely consist of an assignment, an essay and a final exam. The assessment for this course will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $806.00

International fee $3,775.00

* 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 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Law.

All CRJU301 Occurrences

  • CRJU301-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019