• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Demography, Security Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Roettger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Increasingly, research in criminology and allied disciplines has focused the effects of incarceration and criminal justice involvement on offenders, families, communities, vulnerable populations, and society as a whole.   Drawing on historical trends, theory, and research on the 'collateral consequences' of incarceration, this course will seek to understand the comparative effects of punishment between Australia and the U.S.  In doing so, this course will comparatively examine Australia's focus on human rights and rehabilitation with the rise of mass incarceration and 'tough on crime' policies in the United States that have coincided with the War on Drugs and War on Crime.  A major component of this course will be understanding how criminal justice policies differentially impact Indigenous Australians and U.S. minorities, two groups which face substantially higher rates of incarceration and collateral consequences when compared with the general populations of both countries.   While focusing on comparing punishment between Australia and the U.S., punishment paradigms in other regions will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Source and evaluate information and data about the effects of criminal justice punishment on individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.
  2. Display a critically-informed understanding of the consequences of criminal justice punishment among individuals, groups, and society.
  3. Compare the differences in administration and effects of punishment in both Australia and the United States, including inequalities experienced among minority populations in each country.
  4. Discuss research and present findings, both orally and in the written form.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial  participation (5%) (LO 1 & 4)
Tutorial Presentation (10 Minutes) (20%) (LO 1, 2 & 4)
Major Essay (2500 words) (40%) (LO 1, 2, 3, & 4)
Take home exam ( Multiple Choice and Short Essay, 1 week) (35%) (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4)


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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Criminology (CRIM) or Sociology (SOCY) courses; or permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Clear, Todd and Natasha Frost.   2015.   The punishment imperative:  The rise and failure of mass incarceration in America.   New York:   NYU Press

Foucault, Michael.   1995.   Discipline and punish:  the birth of the prison (A. Sheridan, Trans.).   New York:  Vintage Books
Weatherburn, Donald. 2014.   Arresting Incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment. Canberra:  Aboriginal Studies Press.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology.

Areas of Interest

  • Law
  • Policy Studies
  • Sociology
  • Demography
  • Security Studies
  • Criminology
  • Human Rights




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4567 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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