Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The course will apply criminological theory to real-world scenarios and will enable students to develop a vocational understanding of the criminal justice system (CJS) through direct exposure to practitioners working within the CJS. The provision of guest lectures with industry partners will greatly assist those students who wish to undertake the final course in this sequence, CRIM3001: Criminal Justice Placement. In CRIM3001, students will be exposed to appropriate organisations involved in criminal justice research, education, or community service, through an 80 hour work placement.

Divided into various components of working with offenders and working with victims, CRIM2001 will build on the foundation provided in CRIM1010: Introduction to Criminology and CRIM1020: Victimology through the provision of case examples and workshops to illustrate how criminological theory is applied in practice.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply criminal justice skills relevant to working with offenders and victims in the CJS

2. Identify core elements that should be included in an offender's case report

3. Prepare a case report to a professional standard

4. Demonstrate professional knowledge gained through experiential learning by undertaking criminal justice tasks

5. Critique issues facing criminal justice practitioners when working with offenders and victims of crime


This course will include the following topics and themes:

  • Evolution of professional practice
  • Violence in a social context and issues of associated culpability

Students will:

  • Engage with professionals working within the CJS
  • Collaborate to plan and prepare case reports
  • Critically discuss the role of practitioners who work with offenders and victims within the CJS
  • Discuss aspects of criminal justice practice with peers and commissioning agencies
  • Describe and analyse issues relating to working with offenders and victims
  • Develop plans to apply for and secure a placement opportunity.

Assumed knowledge

10 units in Criminology at 1000 level or equivalent

Assessment items

Journal: Professional journal (25%)

Professional Task: Case plan (50%)

Written Assignment: Take home exam (25%)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - As this course requires group-work and the preparation of a case report that will be developed across the entire semester, there is a minimum of 80% attendance required for tutorials.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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