Major theories of crime and punishment, their methods and applications, and explanations of criminal behaviour and criminal justice practices and policies will be reviewed. Students will attain a comprehensive grasp of the main philosophical, historical and methodological debates, become acquainted with critiques and controversies about crime causation and prevention, and explore the policy implications on the role of institutions and practice on criminal justice.
Major theoretical perspectives and contemporary attempts at synthesis and integration will be examined. These perspectives are illustrated through their different approaches to the definition and scope of crime, the causes of crime, and research method. Given the cross-disciplinary reach of criminology we will also explore the influence of broad intellectual movements such as the civilizing process, post-modernism, feminism, globalisation, communications/digital convergence, and human security.
The criminological imagination draws upon Emmanuel Kant’s (1724-1804) insight that “There is nothing more practical than a good theory” to predict and prevent crimes and mega-crimes. Problem Based Learning [PBL] and case study approaches are used to explore the content and controversies of the criminological imagination.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- distinguish between the key features of different theoretical perspectives and constructively compare their advantages and disadvantages;
- communicate accurately the elements of each of the main theoretical ideas of the criminological imagination to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- discern differences in methodological approaches used by different theories and the means to test theoretical assumptions;
- appraise the relevance and assess the influence of a particular theory on the policy and practice of the criminal justice system;
- deconstruct (uncover and critique the theoretical assumptions) a policy initiative in applied criminology/criminal justice; and
- integrate and synthesise a micro and macro explanation of a criminal phenomena.
Indicative AssessmentPresent arguments in favour of a particular theory (tutorial/on-line discussion) – 500 words (10%); Learning Outcomes [1-3]
Debate – 500 words (20%); Learning Outcomes [1-4]
Applied Theory Case Study Problem Based Learning, seminar group (4 people) presentation 30 minutes (20%); Learning Outcomes [3-5]
Research Essay: 4000-words (50%); Learning Outcomes [4-6]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures, and 18 hours of seminars and workshops; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Bernard, Thomas J., Jeffrey B. Snipes, and Alexander L. Gerould, 2009, Vold's Theoretical Criminology, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press.
Braithwaite, J, 1989, Crime Shame and Reintegration, Sage, Calif.
Braithwaite, J. V. Braithwaite, M. Cookson & L. Dunn 2010, Anomie and Violence: Non-truth and Reconciliation in Indonesian Peacebuilding, Canberra: ANU E-Press,
Braithwaite, J., H Charlesworth and A Soares 2012, Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny: Peace in Timor-Leste, ANU E Press ("Chapter 9 Transitional Security" and 'Chapter 10 Transitional Justice and Reconciliation") http://press.anu.edu.au/titles/peacebuilding-compared/networked-governance-of-freedom-and-tyranny/
Broadhurst, R., Bouhours, T., and B. Bouhours, 2015, Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Cullen, F. and P. Wilcox Eds., Encyclopaedia of Criminological Theory, Sage Calif.
Doyle, M.W, and N. Sambanis, 2006, Making War and Building Peace: United Nations Peace Operations, Princeton, NJ.
Eisner, M. (2003). Long-Term Historical Trends in Violent Crime, Crime and Justice; A Review of Research, 30, 83–
Eisner, M. (2001). Modernization, Self-control and Violence – The Long-term Dynamics of European HomicideRates in Theoretical Perspective. British Journal of Criminology, 41(4), 618–638.
McLaughlin, Eugene and Tim Newburn, 2013, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory, Sage, Calif.
Newburn, N. (Ed.), Key Readings in Criminology. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
Spierenburg, Pieter 2008, A History of Murder: Personal Violence in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. Cambridge (Polity)
Wozniak, J. 2010, ‘Richard Quinney Social Transformations and peacekeeping criminology, in Cullen, F. and P. Wilcox Eds., Encyclopaedia of Criminological Theory, Sage Calif.
Rock, Paul and David Downes, 2003, Understanding Deviance, 4th edition, Oxford University Press.
Journals e.g. Theoretical Criminology, Criminology, British Journal of Criminology etc.
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate level social theory including criminology, sociology, history, anthropology or similar.
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