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Doing Structural Justice: Clinic (CRIM90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90016
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, students will engage with the pressing issues facing justice and community organisations, locally and internationally. Focusing on the intersections between the global and the local, students will be introduced to frameworks regarding state crime, structural justice and institutional reform and be expected to apply them to real problems identified by community and government organisations. Through both research assignments and the preparation of briefs for these community agencies, students will practically engage with the question of how research can contribute to meaningful change and structural justice.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of approaches to structural injustice and structural and institutional change;
  • Be able to apply this knowledge to real-life social and legal problems;
  • Be able to formulate new approaches to structural and institutional reform;
  • Be able to effectively communicate these approaches to participating agencies;
  • Possess a critical understanding of the potential contribution of research to social and structural change.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Criminology at Undergraduate level

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Research paper 3500 words (70%) due during the teaching period.

  • Group presentation with written component, 500 words equivalent (10%), due end of the teaching period.

  • Paper 1000 words (20%) due during the assessment period.

  • Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject. Seminar attendance is compulsory at all classes and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorsJennifer Balint and Nesam Mcmillan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours32 hours total, delivered as an intensive over 5 days: 22, 23, 24 July and 2, 3 October 2019.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date15 July 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents are required to read the assigned readings prior to the commencement of classes.
    Teaching period22 July 2019 to 3 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 July 2019
    Census date 9 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 October 2019
    Assessment period ends17 November 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject will be delivered intensively from 9:00am - 5:00pm, with seminars over five days.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of the subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 8 June 2019