- Class Number 4829
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Jason Payne
- Dr Jason Payne
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
- Dr Helen Taylor
- Nadienne Roffey
This course will introduce students to the canon of criminology and map the key theoretical frameworks that have been advanced to explain individual criminality and deviance. The course will encourage students to engage their 'criminological imaginations' to understand the causes of criminal offending and the infraction of social norms and values.
The course will begin by examining how deviancy and criminality is socially constructed. We will then explore the various historical perspectives that have been developed to try and explain crime and deviance. Beginning with the classical school of criminology, the course will explore how our understanding of individual criminal behaviour has developed and advanced. The course will require students to critically engage with the theories presented, and to critique their value in explaining crime in contemporary society. Current-day issues and research will be drawn upon throughout the course to bring to life the application of the criminological imagination.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and the skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the key theories explaining criminal behaviour and the societal response to crime;
- critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime and deviance in contemporary society;
- source relevant research publications on crime and justice, and interpret that information appropriately; and
- articulate and critique complex theories in a succinct and comprehensible manner.
In CRIM1001, students will be engaged in a number of research-skills development activities, including the sourcing and presentation of of publicly available data in criminology.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
The final examination is a closed book examination comprising multiple-choice, short answer and short essay responses.
- No electronic aids (e.g. laptops, smartphones, Internet-enabled devices, etc.) are permitted in the exam.
- No materials (e.g. books, notes, etc.) are permitted in the exam.
- Use of an unannotated paper-based dictionary is permitted for candidates with prior written approval from the Convenor.
Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology (3rd Ed) Oxen: Routledge.
Other resources are provided via Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Topic: Introduction to Criminology Synopsis: In this first week, students will be introduced to the course curriculum, assessment strategy and support mechanisms. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 1: Understanding Crime and Criminology (ignore Criminology in Britain) & Chapter 2: Crime and Punishment in History|
|2||Topic: Classical Criminology Synopsis: Much of our contemporary understanding of crime and criminology is influenced by the works of early classical and biblical texts. Understanding this provenance is important to set the foundations for exploring modern criminological theory in the remainder of this course. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 6: Classicism and Positivism (only Classical Criminology)||Research Skills Activity 1 - Library Hunt (5%)|
|3||Topic: Crime Data and Trends Synopsis: How do we know about crime? What are the key sources of criminological data in Australia and what do these data tell us. In this week, students will be introduced the key sources of data and information and encouraged to think critically about what they represent. ?Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 3: Crime Data and Crime Trends||Research Skills Activity 5 - Data Sourcing and Presentation (5%)|
|4||Topic: Critical Issues in Australian Criminology Synopsis: What are the most pressing criminological issues in Australia today? This week, students are engaged in a discussion about a number of contemporary criminological problems with the view to prioritising our focus later in the semester on theories which explain (or not) current issues. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 32: Race, Crime and Criminal Justice or Chapter 33: Gender, Crime and Justice.||Mini Quiz (1 of 4) (5%)|
|5||Topic: Biological Perspectives Synopsis: From very early times, scholars have considered biological composition as an important determinant of our propensity to commit crime. But are criminals really born that way? What does the contemporary literature tell us about the role of genetics and biology in crime causation? Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 6: Classicism and Positivism (only Classical criminology) & Chapter 7: Biological Positivism (only Positivism and criminology)|
|6||Topic: Psychological Perspectives Synopsis: Psychologists have had a profound impact on criminological thinking and many contemporary theories of criminality still include psychological considerations. In this week, students will be exposed to some of the earliest psychological approaches to crime and explore their influence on contemporary criminology. ?Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 8: Psychological Positivism (not Learning Theories)||Mini Quiz (2 of 4) (5%)|
|7||Topic: Learning Theories Synopsis: An important branch of the psychological approach to criminological thinking was the introduction of learning theory (for example, conditioning and social learning theory). In this week, students explore the mechanisms of learning and how the process might explain why some people commit crime and why criminality appears clustered in different groups or populations. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 8: Psychological Positivism (only Learning Theories)|
|8||Topic: Control Theories Synopsis: Another important sub-branch of criminal psychology was control theory - focusing not on why people commit crime, but why others do not. Control theory is an interesting and alternative way of thinking about criminality, but focusing on its absence in certain situations and groups. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 12: Control Theories||Written Assessment – Annotated Bibliography and Synopsis (30%)|
|9||Topic: Interactionism and Labelling Theories Synopsis: As we near the end of this course, we turn to a number of positivist sociological theories which situate criminality in a coxtext of social causes. Interactionism and Labelling are two schools of thought which dominate the sociologically positivist approach to crime. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 11: Interactionism and Labelling Theory||Mini Quiz (3 of 4) (5%)|
|10||Topic: Anomie and Strain Synopsis: As we near the end of this course, we turn to a number of positivist sociological theories which situate criminality in a coxtext of social causes. Students in this week will be introduced to Durkheim's Anomie and Merton's Strain as two important concepts underpinning contemporary criminological theory, including Agnew's General Strain Theory. Required Reading: Newburn T. (2017). Chapter 12: Durkheim, Anomie and Strain|
|11||Topic: Crime and Context Synopsis: In this final week, students will look ahead to Semester 2 (CRIM1002) and consider whether it is more efficient to explain crime by an individual's apparent criminality or by the contextual and environmental influences in which a crime occurs. We consider the early neighbourhood theories of crime causation and pivot towards explaining the crime that occurs, rather than the potential of the offender. Required Reading: None||Mini Quiz (4 of 4) (5%)|
|12||Topic: Summary and Exam Preparation Synopsis: In this final lecture, we revise and prepare for the exam. Required Reading: None|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Skills Activity 1 - Library Hunt (5%)||5 %||11/03/2019||18/03/2019||1,2,3|
|Research Skills Activity 1 - Data sourcing and presentation (5%)||5 %||18/03/2019||25/03/2019||1,2,3|
|Mini Quizzes (x4) (20%)||20 %||25/03/2019||21/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Written Assessment – Annotated Bibliography and Synopsis (30%)||30 %||29/04/2019||20/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Exam (40%)||40 %||06/06/2019||21/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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Tutorial attendance will be recorded by the tutor each week. Students should not be absent for more than two tutorials throughout the semester. Poor attendance will be a taken into consideration if/when assessment are to be remarked or appealed.
A formal examination (40%) will be held at the completion of this course. The examination will take place in the formal examination period. The examination timetable is set by the ANU examinations office and students will be notified by the Course Convenor when the timetable is available.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Research Skills Activity 1 - Library Hunt (5%)
This assessment task is designed to acquaint all Criminology students with the physical and digital resources of the ANU Library. In Week 2, students will be given a list of items to find. Some of these items will be physical books or periodicals, others will be digital books or digital articles.
Each item will be marked with a page reference on which a word or phrase will be been highlighted. These highlighted words or phrases will form the basis of an online quiz.
Students must answer all questions correctly to pass this assessment. Students will be allowed a second attempt at each question they answer incorrectly. No further attempts will be permitted.
This is a pass/fail exercise. Students must get all questions correct to pass this assessment. No marks are awarded for partial or unsuccessful completion.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is essential that physical items (books and periodicals) be returned to their correct (and precise) location on the shelf so that all students can successfully locate the relevant resource. Please do not place/return the items to anywhere other than their precise location.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Research Skills Activity 1 - Data sourcing and presentation (5%)
This assessment task is designed to acquaint all Criminology students with the location of key Australian data on criminological facts and figures, as well as some preliminary data preparation and presentation skills.
For the two topics provided, students must select one. For the chosen topic, students must then access one of three major data sources from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These are:
· Prisoners in Australia
· Recorded Crime, Victims,
· Recorded Crime, Offenders
From the selected data source, students must then select a fact or figure (data) that tells an interesting and important story about crime in Australia for their topic. The data is then to be prepared as a picture graph (e.g. bar chart, line graph, map, etc).
The picture graph, with title and source, is then submitted as a word document for grading. Students will be provided with examples in the Week 4 tutorial.
This is a pass/fail exercise. Students must submit their contribution by the due date to receive 5%. The quality of the submission, in terms of visual appeal, is not graded.
Students are encouraged to use MS Excel (or similar software) to prepare their submission, but students do not need professional software to successfully complete this task. Hand drawn charts are sufficient for this exercise.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Mini Quizzes (x4) (20%)
There are four separate quizzes scheduled for Week 4, 6, 9 and 11. Each quiz will be undertaken through Wattle as a set of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer responses. Each quiz may vary in the number or composition of questions. Each quiz is worth 5%. Each question within a quiz is worth the same value.
The weekly quiz is timed. Students must start the quiz within seven days of opening. After starting the quiz, students have 30 minutes to submit their answers. Second attempts will not be granted. Incomplete questions will be submitted as incomplete.
As a Wattle quiz, students may use notes, lecture slides and texts. Given the 30 minute time limit, however, students are not encouraged to rely heavily on external resources.
Each quiz will be accompanied by a set of detailed instructions via Wattle.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Written Assessment – Annotated Bibliography and Synopsis (30%)
The synthesis examination comprises an unseen examination paper lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes (inclusive of reading time) that will evaluate students’ understanding of criminological theory and their ability to apply a critical theoretical lens to contemporary criminological problems. The following includes a list of synthesis examination rules:
Annotated Bibliography (20%)
You will need to prepare an annotated bibliography of four (4) research items related to your chosen topic. The bibliography must use APA 6th (the referencing and citation standard for Criminology at ANU). The annotation should (a) describe what the research was about, (b) describe how it was conducted, (c) describe what was found/concluded, and (d) comment on the relevance of the item for your chosen topic. Examples will be provided in the Week 5 Tutorial. Students are welcome to consult external resources for further guidance:
There is no set word limit for a single annotation, only that the whole submission must not exceed 1500 words.
Annotated bibliographies will be graded on: (1) the completeness and correctness of the APA referencing style; (2) the quality of the sources selected; (3) the content of the annotation; and (4) the clarity, grammatical correctness and writing style of the submission.
Finally, students are reminded that a key component of this assessment is to demonstrate an understanding of each article and how it relates to their chosen research topic. In making the critical synopsis, examiners will be paying particular attention to the quality of this analysis and the clarity of its presentation.
Research Synopsis (10%)
In 500 words, answer your chosen topic/question with reference to the four items selected for your annotated bibliography. You are not limited to using these items, only that they must be included among your citations. Your synopsis should include in-text citations and a reference list. The synopsis should be accompanied by the relevant chart or graph (as prepared for Research Activity 2).
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The final examination comprises an unseen examination paper lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes (inclusive of reading time) that will evaluate students’ understanding of criminological theory and their ability to apply a critical theoretical lens to contemporary criminological problems. The following includes a list of synthesis examination rules:
• No electronic aids (e.g. laptops, smartphones, Internet-enabled devices, etc.) are permitted in the exam.
• No materials (e.g. books, notes, etc.) are permitted.
Use of an unannotated paper-based dictionary is permitted for candidates with prior written approval from the Convenor.
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A/Prof. Payne has a strong background in applied criminological and social policy research. Prior to joining the ANU, he was research manager of the Violent and Serious Crime Research Program at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). Dr Payne has published extensively in topics such as drugs and crime, recidivism, criminal careers and
Dr Jason Payne
Dr Jason Payne
Dr Helen Taylor