Course Outline

CRM308 Diversity, Crime and Justice

Course Coordinator:Susan Rayment-McHugh ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Individuals in contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) come from diverse backgrounds with unique risks and needs. To be effective, CJS responses must be tailored to meet this diversity. This course exposes students to the complex intersections between different populations and the CJS, explores how these disparities are explained and considers current advances in practice to meet these diverse needs. Patterns of offending and victimisation, prosecution and criminalisation, and issues of prevention and victim support are explored in local and international contexts.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 hour tutorials 2hrs Week 2 11 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 2 hour online tutorials 2hrs Week 2 11 times

Course Topics

  • Understanding and responding to diversity
  • Culturally safe and responsive practice
  • First Nations Peoples
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Gender
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Age and developmental considerations
  • Mental / physical abilities and characteristics
  • (There may be mature content across all course topics)

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Identify and describe some of the key vulnerabilities and challenges faced by diverse groups within the CJS. Knowledgeable
2 Critically assess the importance of responsivity and its impacts on subgroups and individuals within the CJS. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Develop critical awareness of historical and current responses to diverse groups within CJS institutions and of how mainstream criminology theory addresses this diversity. Creative and critical thinker
4 Integrate, analyse and apply models and principles that inform responsive practice to diverse groups within the CJS. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
5 Build cultural awareness and develop a plan for building the skills for culturally responsive practice Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
6 Build academic skills in research and communication Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative activities will be undertaken in preparation for Assessment Task 1. This will include experiential learning activities, discussion of assessment task, and feedback.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral Individual 25%
10 minutes
Week 5 Online Submission
All 2 Essay Individual 35%
2,500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Multimedia-based recorded presentation
The goal of this assessment is to demonstrate your understanding of why it is important to tailor criminal justice system responses to meet diversity, by producing a multimedia-based recorded presentation. You will use a case example, selected from a news article published in the last year, to demonstrate your understanding.
Product: Oral
This task should be completed individually. You are required to produce a pre-recorded presentation. You are required to use the presentation to demonstrate your understanding of diversity and explore the reasons why understanding and responding to diversity is crucial to an effective criminal justice system. More information will be provided in tutorials and on Canvas to help you prepare your presentation.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding.
1 3
Application to a selected case study.
2 3 4
Quality and creativity of presentation to convey key messages.
Oral communication skills.
All - Assessment Task 2:Essay
The goal of this assessment task is to synthesise key learnings from an online cultural awareness training program and course materials, and to apply this knowledge to promote improved engagement with, and outcomes for, First Nations Peoples within the Criminal Justice System.
Product: Essay
You are to produce an essay in two parts. In the first part of the essay will you critically discuss key vulnerabilities and challenges faced by First Nations Peoples in the criminal justice system, and some of the strategies for addressing these challenges and improving engagement with, and outcomes for, this population. In the second part of your essay, you will discuss culturally safe and responsive practice, including reflecting on and building a plan to develop your capacity for working respectfully and effectively with First Nations Peoples in the criminal justice system.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding.
1 3 5
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning.
2 3 4 5
Academic writing and research.
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
This end-of-semester exam allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of course materials covered throughout the semester.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
This is an online open-book exam in which you are required to respond to essay questions. The exam draws from course material covered throughout the semester (weeks 1-13). You will have two hours available to complete this exam.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Systematic presentation of relevant knowledge and application of course materials.
1 2 3 4 5
Knowledge and understanding
1 2 3 4
Academic writing

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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