Crime and Criminal Justice in New Zealand

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime and Criminal Justice in New Zealand

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • 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
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    CRIM 212 examines the nature, causes and characteristics of criminal offending in New Zealand. The course will draw on analytical skills acquired in CRIM 211, by linking criminological perspectives to particular types of criminal behaviour. The course will also supply students with an overview of criminal justice responses to crime and disorder in New Zealand

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Describe the nature and types of offending in New Zealand;
    2. Compare key ideas and concepts associated with different crime types;
    3. Explain how practices of criminalisation unfold;
    4. Summarise each of the roles and institutions of the criminal justice system;
    5. Critique the practices of the criminal justice system in New Zealand.

    Textual Analysis (1000 words) 15%
    2 Essay (2250 words) 35%
    3 Final Examination (2 hours) 50%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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