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Policing theories; police powers to arrest and search; prosecution process, diversion, restorative justice; youth justice; alternatives to traditional court prosecution of offenders; Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons Act) 2003
This course is designed: • to give students a sound understanding of policing theories and practices adopted in New Zealand and of the prosecution process and alternatives to prosecution; • to introduce students to important aspects of international policing • to assist students to understand the roles of different criminal justice professionals involved in policing and prosecution of offences • to familiarise students with current debates about the extent of police powers, the handling of young offenders, diversion as an alternative to prosecution, the use of restorative justice practices, processes for dealing with mentally impaired offenders, and the rights of victims of crime. • to enable students to engage with social and cultural factors which are relevant to the policing and prosecution process, especially as these affect Maori and Pasifika people.• to ensure students have an appreciation of the need for an equitable balance between police and prosecutorial powers, and individual rights.
A successful student will, by the end of the course, be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the content and application of the Policing Act 2008; Demonstrate an understanding of policing theories and practices adopted in New Zealand and of the prosecution process and alternatives to prosecution; Demonstrate an understanding of some issues affecting international policing Demonstrate familiarity with the roles of different criminal justice professionals in the policing and prosecution of offenders and in alternatives to prosecution; Critically engage with current debates on extent of police powers, the handling of young offenders, diversion as an alternative to prosecution, the use of restorative justice practices and processes for dealing with mentally impaired offenders. Demonstrate an understanding of social and cultural factors which are relevant to the policing and prosecution process, especially as these affect Maori and Pasifika people. Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence the balance of Police and prosecutorial powers and the individual rights of offenders, witnesses and crime victims.
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
CRJU202 or LAWS202. RP: CRJU201/SOCI218
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course may be assessed by way of a compulsory test or essay and a final examination.Assessment methods will be confirmed in the first week of the course.
Jarrod Gilbert and Greg Newbold (eds);
Criminal Justice : A New Zealand Introduction;
Auckland University Press, 2017.
Cleland, Alison , Quince, Khylee;
Youth justice in Aotearoa New Zealand : theory, practice, critique;
Finn, Jeremy , Mathias, Don;
Criminal procedure in New Zealand;
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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Law.