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CRI1122 Race, Diversity, Crime and Justice

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Race Diversity Crime Justice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 099903 - Criminology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sheena Fleming


The overrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities within the criminal justice system has broad social and justice implications for those within these minority groups in terms of criminal justice responses, public perceptions and exacerbated marginalisation from the community. Understanding these implications and the associated challenges in addressing them is important for students who wish to pursue a career in the criminal justice sector, law, victim services, and community services. This course may also benefit students anticipating a career in areas such as education, social justice, psychology, and human services, where the effects and challenges attached with the criminal justice involvement of racial and ethnic minorities may also be present.


In a number of countries throughout the world, racial and ethnic minorities are overrepresented among the victims and perpetrators of crime. They are also more likely than members of corresponding majority populations to be arrested, detained, convicted, and receive harsher sentences. They are also less likely to utilise the criminal justice system as a complainant. The course will explore the context and some of the challenges associated with racial and ethnic minorities in connection with crime and criminal justice through a comparative perspective. This course aims to describe these patterns of overrepresentation and to challenge students to critically evaluate some of the major perceptions and explanations.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. define key concepts such as race, ethnicity, ethnocentricity and minority status;
  2. describe the main trends and patterns with respect to ethnicity and crime and the criminal justice system in Australia and other western democratic nations;
  3. describe the main theoretical explanations for the overrepresentation of ethnic and racial minorities in the criminal justice system;
  4. explain the meaning of discrimination, the forms it can take, and how best to evaluate claims about racial and/or ethnic discrimination in the criminal justice system;
  5. discuss the challenges associated with the intervention and prevention, and in responding to crime and victimisation in ethnically diverse communities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Race, ethnicity and diversity in western democratic societies 10.00
2. Group differences in criminality 30.00
3. Racial and ethnic groups and the criminal justice system 20.00
4. Engaging racial and ethnic groups with the criminal justice system 20.00
5. Ethnocentricity and alternative solutions to criminal justice 20.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Quiz 25 25 16 Aug 2021 1,2
Written Assignment 35 35 06 Sep 2021 1,2,3,5
Project 40 40 07 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. These guides can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 8 November 2021