- Code SOCY3016
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Gavin Smith
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2014
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Controversies in Crime Control provides students with an introduction to the crime control field from a sociological vista.
This course examines the social functions of deviance and explores the various strategies of securitization - e.g. private security growth, criminalization of mundane behaviours and social groups, hardening crime control legislation, mass surveillance and incarceration, etc. - emerging in response to what commonly is perceived as the 'crime crisis’. We consider the key issues associated with the identification and management of social problems and contemplate how behavioural disobedience, as a moral resource, is purposefully exploited for political and commercial ends. Using a set of case studies (or crime control 'controversies') as evidence, students will address the following key questions:
- How are social problems defined and policed?
- To what degree is public understanding of crime culturally mediated and influenced by specific rhetorics?
- Which groups and interests effectively dictate crime control policies and criminal justice system agendas?
- What are the social consequences of intensifications in criminalization processes and securitization projects?
Overall, this course equips students with the appropriate knowledge, acuity and research skills to understand and engage the contemporary crime control landscape from a critically informed perspective.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discern the political and economic interests influencing the crime control landscape.
2. Critically evaluate the social impacts and resonances of contemporary crime control interventions.
3. Analyse struggles between governing authorities and governed populations.
4. Apply theoretical perspectives used by sociologists to explain in original ways crime control processes, specifically theories of risk, power, capitalization, spectacle and struggle.
5. Undertake and assess research in the field of crime control, including the use of census data, attitudinal surveys, content analysis, participant observation and interviews.
6. Evaluate complex ideas lucidly and critically, orally and in writing.
Other InformationFrom 2015 this course has been coded CRIM 2003
Indicative Assessment• One 1500 word 'Research Essay' (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5 & 6]
• 'Tutorial Presentation' (20%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3 & 6]
• One 2000 word 'Synthesis Examination' (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1 - 6]
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WorkloadThe workload will be one 2-hour workshop (interactive lecture) and one 1-hour student-led tutorial per week (total of three contact hours per week) with the expectation of a further 7 non-contact hours per week of independent study.
• Two 'Core Readings' on each topic to be completed weekly
• Periodic practical exercises in advance of tutorials
• 4000-words approximately in assessed written work
• A compulsory oral presentation
Requisite and Incompatibility
A reading brick will be available.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should have a basic grasp of either Sociology and/or Socio-Legal Studies. The themes covered in SOCY3016 are from a distinctively sociological perspective. Thus, students are recommended to familiarise themselves with concepts such as 'Risk Society', 'Securitization', 'Policing', 'Social Control', 'Governance', and 'Consumerism'.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8242||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|