ACR301 - International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

ASL222, ASL322

Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Ian Warren
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must complete units ACR101 and ACR102 plus 4 credit points at level 2

Incompatible with:

ASL222, ASL322

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit introduces students to a range of theoretical and applied material on cross-cultural, transnational and international criminology. The problems of transnational and international crime are issues for all nations. Historically, most crime control debates focus on the national rather than transnational or international problems. This dilemma is particularly evident in the prosecution of foreign nationals in culturally distinct justice systems. The concept of global justice is framed within the growing concern about transnational crime, and the lack of discrete institutions to deal with these problems. The unit aims to encourage students to think critically about whether current arrangements for dealing with transnational crime are adequate, and to propose new models designed to resolve these problems. It draws on a combination of databases, policy documents, legal cases and empirical studies.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify, analyse, critically interpret and clearly communicate the major causes of, responses to and viable future directions for dealing with various transnational, comparative and international crime problems. This includes:

  • demonstrating an understanding of key concepts (including the tension between 'national sovereignty' and 'globalisation' 'cooperation' and 'culture'
  • recognising how these terms influence or undermine broader policy debates in global criminology
  • demonstrating advanced research and communication skills through each assessment task; and
  • incorporating feedback from staff who will guide you through the assessments and your learning.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management


Apply advanced discipline-specific knowledge and research to a transnational, international or comparative justice topic of your choice. This includes thinking in a critical and informed way about these issues you encounter, asking questions in class and CloudDeakin forums to clarify your interpretations and research approach, and recognising the importance and limits of ongoing research in building improved knowledge in these fields

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Collaborate with peers and staff through discussion forums to examine a select transnational, comparative or international justice problem of your choice. This includes identifying and sharing relevant research that demonstrates what we know about the problem and how it is currently dealt with, understanding limits of available evidence you find and using this evidence to develop strategies that forge new and realistic directions in transnational, comparative or international justice policy-development and research. This also includes developing a 10-minute audio-visual presentation summarising your overall research 'findings' for Assessment 3

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the global implications of various transnational, comparative and international justice problems in light of broader limits to current research and policy involving international human rights and cooperative justice processes

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research and Writing Exercise 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 8
Assessment 2 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACR301
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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