CRJU301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Sentencing Theory and Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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;
  •  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.



LAWS337; LAWS366

Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
C3 Lecture Theatre (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 - (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
A2 Lecture Theatre (18/2-17/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 00:00 20 Apr - 26 Apr

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 
Online Quiz 13 Mar 2020 10%
Take Home Test 24 Apr 2020 40%
Final Examination 50%

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

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Westlaw NZ; Adams on criminal law; Thomson Brookers, 2007.

There are no required textbooks for this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $4,000.00

* 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

  • CRJU301-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020