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This course provides students with the opportunity to think critically and reflectively about an organisation, policy or process of reform in the criminal justice sphere. With the help of an academic supervisor, students will research, plan and present a project, which investigates some part of the criminal justice system unrelated to their dissertation topic and allows them to reflect on and assess the professional standards and culture in that area, while gaining skills in the area of project planning, reporting and time management.
CRJU605 provides students with the opportunity to think critically and reflectively about an organisation, policy or process of reform in the criminal justice sphere. With the help of the course coordinator, students will research, plan and present a project, which investigates some part of the criminal justice system unrelated to their dissertation topic and allows them to reflect on and assess the professional standards and culture in that area, while gaining skills in the area of project planning, reporting and time management.In addition, CRJU605 involves seminars with a range of criminal justice professionals discussing professional standards and culture in their field and/or explaining how their organisation deals professionally with particular groups, e.g. victims, or specific problems, e.g. drugs, unconscious bias.
Apply specific criminal justice knowledge to understanding and assessing an organisation or policy. Demonstrate mastery of sophisticated theoretical subject matter relevant to criminal justiceEvaluate critically the findings and discussions in the literature on criminal justice Demonstrate a high order skill in planning, execution and completion of a piece of original research on criminal justice Apply theory critically to analyse the professional
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Subject to the approval of the Head of Department of Law.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Seminar reflections – 10%After each seminar, students will write a one page reflection on both the reading and the guest speakers' presentation. The first reflection will be due in week three. Engagement with Professional Standards and Culture – 30%The academic supervisor will assign the student readings around professional ethics, standards and conduct in the area in which they conduct their Professional Cultures project. Students will produce a critical analysis of this literature, which will result in a report of 3,000 words, which might include recommendations for reform or an assessment of how professional bodies in the area of criminal justice conduct inquiries into failures in their own professional or ethical standards. This report will be due in week 8.Presentation – 20%Students will give a presentation of 15-20 minutes on the findings of their Professional Cultures project. They will be assessed on their ability to clearly communicate to the audience their methodology, sources, problems faced in conducting their project, their project findings and remaining questions. This will take place in week 10 and should afford the opportunity to use feedback from their presentation to improve their project before submission.Professional Cultures Project – 40%Students will produce a 4,000 word essay on an organisation, policy or process of reform in the criminal justice sphere unrelated to their dissertation topic. Students will receive guidance from an academic supervisor, who will also be responsible for assessing what is produced. The essay will be due in week 12.
Domestic fee $1,905.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
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Faculty of Law