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 of this course, students will be able to:
- Discern the political and economic interests influencing the crime control landscape.
- Critically evaluate the social impacts and resonances of contemporary crime
- Analyse struggles between governing authorities and governed populations.
- Apply theoretical perspectives used by sociologists to explain in original ways crime control processes, specifically theories of risk, power, capitalization, spectacle and struggle.
- Undertake and assess research in the field of crime control, including the use
of census data, attitudinal surveys, content analysis, participant observation
- Evaluate complex ideas lucidly and critically, orally and in writing.
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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The 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.This includes:
• 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
Prescribed TextsReadings will be listed on the course Wattle site.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3513||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person|