CRIM12004 - Understanding Violence and Conflict

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will gain a deeper understanding of violence and other forms of conflict that impact on practice in the justice system. You will explore the social history of violence in civil society. You will critically examine different techniques to manage and control violence and the theories of punishment that underpin these responses. You will be required to compare different causes of violence and conflict and discuss how these have shaped broader justice policy and individual practitioner responses to managing difficult situations. You will also evaluate the impact that conflict has on individual and organisational wellbeing by developing personal conflict management techniques.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 86.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 31.25% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Direct student feedback
Self organised mediation assessment times
In the last third of the unit, workshop time allocated so that students had a common time to complete their mediation assessment. Most students preferred to organise this in their own time. Next time there will be a smaller amount of time made available in this part of the term but regular workshops will also be provided.
Action Taken
Students were prepared to organise their own mediation time in preference to use of workshop time.
Source: Direct student feedback
More exploration of particular topics in workshop challenges, especially toxic masculinities and radicalised violence.
Following on from the previous item, we will extend workshop challenges to the last third of the unit in order to cover more material.
Action Taken
New workshop challenges were introduced to use the time that was then freed up by students organising their own mediation times.
Source: Email, workshops, direct feedback
The unit provides training in relevant and transferable skills
Students appreciated the skills foundation of this unit and found application in resolution and management of conflict in other parts of their lives. The next iteration with further emphasise the transferability of these skills.
Action Taken
Some additional focus on de-escalation of violent situations supplemented the mediation skills supported by this unit.
Source: Email
Students enjoyed the ability to create their own mediation scenarios and apply what they have learned about conflict.
Now that the unit has run twice, there is a growing library of previous scenarios that can be better organised for students to access.
Action Taken
Source: Surveys
Some of the quiz questions focus on content of the reading materials rather than application of knowledge.
Additional questions will be added to the bank of quiz questions to increase the diversity of tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate programs for reducing violence and conflict
  2. Examine conflict resolution and management skills within a justice setting
  3. Interpret conflict via theoretical understandings of violence and power
  4. Outline various causes of violence and conflict in society.

No external accreditation is relevant to this award.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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