Lecture 1 Week 1 – JSB171 notes
What is JSB171 about?
Justice and all the concepts that surround it (equality, fairness, rights, freedom, security...)
Thinking about what justice means in our society and its importance both morally and
More specifically we will be interested in the criminal justice system, particularly fairness in
the system and how that relates to/reflects the fairness in our society
We will be investigating why our society, given that it is one committed to fairness and
equality and that so strongly advocates these values, still remains one that is largely unjust
in a number of ways
Why do we need to know this stuff?
QUT has a high level of expertise in the area of criminal justice and staff cover an
extensive range of knowledge that would be beneficial to students
The QUT staff in the justice area are also very committed to asking questions (and
answering students’) and will very often question the criminal justice system by
evaluating and thinking critically about ways in which it could be improved
The better informed a criminal justice professional is, the better the criminal justice
practice will be
Effects on criminal justice practice
Helps explain to us why certain groups of people dominate in the criminal justice system i.e.
Helps us gain an understanding beyond basic and often stereotypical models of the criminal
justice system such as a basic retributive justice system, introduces idea of mitigating and
aggravating factors which may lessen or worsen the severity of the crime – thus challenging
the simplistic idea that same crimes are punished equally