Asher coordinates two criminology units:
ATS2/3465 – Human Rights in the Criminal Justice Sphere, run at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy. If you are interested in human rights, justice and changes in the world (as well as travelling!), this unit is for you!
The unit introduces students to the study of human rights in the sphere of criminal justice and criminology. The unit will trace the impact of human rights across the differing phases of the achievement of justice in criminal justice systems. Focusing on a specific rights as case studies it will contrast national and international definitions of human rights in understanding responses to crime: including policing, court processes, prosecution and punishment. This unit includes a range of international guest speakers and excursions.
ATS2469 – Victims, Justice and the Law, run during semester 2 at both the Caulfield and Clayton campuses. If you are interested in criminology, law and socio-legal studies, this unit is for you!
The unit considers the concepts of justice, victims and the law as they exist within and beyond the legal system. The unit engages with historical and contemporary perspectives and constructions of these intersecting concepts to explore understandings of crime and criminality, and examine the potentials and limitations of the legal system in practice. Bringing together interdisciplinary approaches from law, criminology and socio-legal studies, this unit considers the relationships between law, justice and victims through the study of: criminal and civil law, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, public policy, the media, criminal justice procedures, human rights and social change.