CRJU602-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Criminal Justice Systems

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course will examine the approaches, practices and processes, and responsible institutions that make up criminal justice systems both in Aotearoa New Zealand and in other jurisdictions. It will consider the factors involved in the decisions and practices in these systems and their functions and dysfunctions, and will also consider current issues and potential reform in these areas.

This course looks at 4 aspects of the criminal justice system. It begins by looking at the process of making policy related to criminal justice. It then looks at the police and how they enforce that policy. From the section on policing the course moves on to consider the trial and sentencing of those accused of crime before looking broadly at punishment, its philosophical underpinnings and its practical application. The course will challenge students to critically assess many of the fundamental ideas of the criminal justice system to consider alternatives at every stage of the process.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course students will have:
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system in New Zealand at both a theoretical and practical level.
  • An understanding of the policy making process in the criminal justice sector
  • An awareness of different approaches to understanding aspects of criminal justice, including psychological, legal and sociological approaches.
  • An understanding of alternative approaches to criminal justice; and
  • Increased competency in the areas of critical policy analysis, and academic writing skills.
    • 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.


Subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Law.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

James Mehigan

Contact Person

James Mehigan


The assessment will be by 2 essays and an oral presentation.

Textbooks / Resources

There are no prescribed textbooks.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All CRJU602 Occurrences

  • CRJU602-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021