CRJU603-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Contemporary Issues In Criminal Justice

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course will examine issues of critical importance to the nature and quality of criminal justice. It will consider the political, societal and cultural influences on the emergence of these issues, and evaluate the resilience of criminal justice systems in responding to these issues.

This course will identify and discuss the sources of some of the influences that shape criminal justice theory, policy and practice in New Zealand, including political agendas and contemporary societal opinion. The main focus will be on specific contemporary issues in criminal justice. These specific issues will vary from year to year, depending on what is currently topical. In 2021 the course will be structured around the issues and solutions identified by Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora (Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group), including: the impact of the current system on Maori and victims; on-going challenged in developing effective responses to sexual and family violence; and, the possibilities of alternatives to the current prosecutorial and dispositive approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Deeper understanding of traditional and contemporary realities of Māori society e.g tikanga and kawa te reo Māori, as related to the contemporary operation of the Aotearoa New Zealand criminal justice system;
  • Development of a sophisticated ability to discuss and apply the principles and values of justice and fairness as they relate to criminal offending and societal responses in Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Developing further skills in the critical analysis of the proposed reforms of, and alternatives to, the existing criminal justice system, with a focus on prosecution and punishment.
    • 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 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 242
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Faculty of Law Head of Department


Oral Presentation: 20% (in week 12)
Reflective journal: 30% (due a week after the end of the course – based on responses to readings; seminar discussions and assessment)
Essay: 50% (5,000 words – on a topic that will also be the basis of the oral presentation).

Textbooks / Resources

No prescribed textbooks, but there will be assigned readings for each week.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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 CRJU603 Occurrences

  • CRJU603-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023