Understanding Imprisonment

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding Imprisonment

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines the origins and development of corrective services in Australia. The correctional system is studied in terms of custodial and non-custodial sanctions, and considers special client populations including men, women, juveniles, and Indigenous offenders. The issues of privatisation and deaths in custody are examined.
    Course Introduction
    The course examines the evolution, theory and practice of corrections from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
    Course Aims
    The course is designed to provide an introduction and overview of corrections, with a particular focus on custodial policy, administrative and organisational issues. The course is designed to develop in students an understanding of the operation of the correctional system and to encourage a critical examination of current correctional policies.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    understand the historical, philosophical, political and organisational considerations which shape current correctional policies and administration;
    understand the goals of the correctional system;
    understand the correctional policies and administrative structures which have been set in place to achieve these goals;
    understand the constraints which operate to limit the achieving of these goals.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Group Presentations - INTERNAL STUDENTS ONLY


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Major essay - ALL STUDENTS


    Exam - constructed response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.