LAWS365-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Issues in Policing, Prosecution and Alternatives to Prosecution

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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

The overall scope of the course is:
• To introduce students to New Zealand's policing history and theories of policing;
• To assist students to understand the roles of different criminal justice professionals involved in policing and prosecution of offences.
• To ensure students have a detailed understanding of the Policing Act 2008, and a general understanding of the other statues relevant to policing and prosecution in New Zealand;
• To familiarise students with current contentious issues in policing in New Zealand, including dealing with youth offenders; the effects of policing and prosecution policies and practices on Maori, Pasifika and other minorities; diversion as an alternative to prosecution; issues in prosecutorial decision-making; the use and abuse of police powers, and the role of regulating bodies such as the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA).

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are:
  • Students must appreciate the current debates about the extent of police and prosecutorial   powers in various contexts, and the effect of the exercise of police powers on human rights;
  • Students must have knowledge of the contents of, and understanding of the scope and content of the Policing Act 2008;
  • Students must have insight and understanding about selected contentious issues in policing and prosecution in the course.
    • 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.

      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.


LAWS337, CRJU307


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Robin Palmer


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-Class Test 24 Aug 2021 30%
Final Exam 70%

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS365 Occurrences

  • LAWS365-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021