|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Punishment and Reform|
|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: Rebecca Keane
Punishment for those who violated the law has both an instrumental and symbolic purpose. It serves to impose a sanction on the offender for his or her wrongdoing, while also reinforcing to society more broadly that crime will not be tolerated and there are repercussions for those who engage in offending behaviour. Punishment in modern day Australian society is vastly different from the days of trial by battle or ordeal, yet many of the aims and principles of punishment remain. This course will examine the history of punishment and how penal policy has changed over time. Students will be presented with theories of punishment, types of punishment and the role of punishment in society. The mandate upon community and custodial corrections to carry out sentences will be examined as well as some of the challenges encountered by these agencies such as the overrepresentation of disadvantaged populations, deaths in custody, and public perceptions of punishment. Other issues also considered are immigrant detention centres, public notification schemes, diversionary programs and prison privatisation.
Punishing offenders is one of the central operations of the criminal justice system and is expected by the public to be carried out dutifully. But why do we punish those who violate the law? Is punishment effective in what it aims to achieve? Are there other alternatives for dealing with offenders apart from the traditional punishment responses? Should the death penalty be re-introduced in Australia? These questions and others will be explored throughout the course to encourage students to think critically about punishment in the context of how current Australian penal policies set about achieving the aims and objectives of punishment. This course is suitable for students who are interested in a career in the criminal justice system, policy development, public service, social justice or social welfare.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- define penology and the key concepts within the study of punishment and sentencing;
- describe the practice of penology from a theoretical perspective;
- draw comparisons between historical and current day penological practices and explain the reasons for penological reforms;
- discuss the connection between anticipated risk and punishment;
- explain the purposes and intended outcomes of punishment;
- discuss the ethical challenges in the use of punishment in association with diverse and disadvantaged groups.
|1.||Introduction to penology and the history of punishment||10.00|
|2.||Theoretical perspectives on punishment||30.00|
|3.||Penological practice and risk||20.00|
|4.||Penological practice and rehabilitation||20.00|
|5.||Penological practice and restitution||20.00|
Text and Materials
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=CRI1123)
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Student Workload Expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|Assignment 1 - Part A||25||25||10 Aug 2021||1,2,4,5,6||(see note 1)|
|Poster Presentation||40||40||14 Sep 2021||3,4,5,6|
|Assignment 1 - Part B||35||35||12 Oct 2021||1,2,4,5,6|
- Feedback from Assignment 1 - Part A will be provided to students in time and relevant for Assignment 1 - Part B
Important assessment information
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.
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.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
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:
Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement 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.