Teaching Crime and Justice Policy in Australia

Dr Kate  Burns1, Dr Jarrett Blaustein1, Dr Rolando  Ochoa3, A/Prof Hilde Tubex2

1Monash University

2University of Western Australia

3Macquarie University

This roundtable will showcase how different criminology programmes in Australia are preparing students to shape crime and justice policies in government agencies and non-governmental organisations by introducing them to the making and implementation of crime and criminal justice policies. Panellists will reflect on a variety of pedagogical innovations and challenges in relation to: modes of delivery, learning activities, educational resources, industry involvement, and assessments. The roundtable will also provide an opportunity to explore future possibilities for developing contextually appropriate resources for teaching crime and justice policy in Australia.


Dr Kate Burns is a criminologist in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She teaches an undergraduate course

‘Crime, Justice and the Public’ with Dr Jarrett Blaustein and has wide public-sector experience and prior to taking up her academic position at Monash, worked in various public policy positions in the United Kingdom with a focus on the criminal justice system.

Dr Jarrett Blaustein is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. He teaches an undergraduate course ‘Crime, Justice and the Public’ with Dr Kate Burns and his research interests include: (1) the relationship between crime, development and security; (2) the mobility of crime control policies; and (3) law and order politics.

Hilde Tubex is Associate Professor at the Law School of the University of Western Australia. She teaches an undergraduate course on ‘Crime, Justice and Public Policy’ at the University of Western Australia. Her areas of expertise are comparative criminology and penal policy, Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system.

Dr Rolando Ochoa is a Lecturer at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University where he teaches a graduate course on ‘Applied Criminology Practice and Policy’. He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MPhil in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Oxford, UK. He has carried out research on the history and political economy of kidnapping in Mexico, as well as the impact of organized crime on fragile states.  He has also focused on how how individuals solve issues of trust and reputation in contexts of weak rule of law and inside criminal organizations.

Carmel Brown’s background includes policy and practice in the criminal justice field in addition to her current position at Victoria University.  The former includes education leadership at a youth custodial facility, policy with Corrections Victoria, and Forensicare, the Victorian specialist criminal justice mental health agency.  Her academic interest is using the cycle of action-reflection to inform practice. Relevant theoretical underpinnings are: Kolb’s learning cycle (1974); Schon’s ‘reflective practice’ (Schon, 1995) and Engestrom’s activity theory (2001).

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