- Code CRIM2005
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Criminology
Australia has been famously described as having a 'wet culture', one in which alcohol consumption (and its consequences) have become intertwined into the social and recreational fabric of Australian society and bringing with it a number of serious social and personal consequences. Drug use on the other hand is much less common but no less problematic, accounting for between 20 and 40 percent of crimes committed in Australia. How we respond to these issues remains a matter of significant academic and policy debate - especially for those charged with the responsibility of promoting safety, both on the streets and in the home.
This course examines the social, legal and political responses to alcohol and drug use in contemporary Australian society. Students will explore their own perceptions of the drug-crime relationship and contrast these with the theoretical frameworks that currently exist to guide policy and practice. In particular, this course focuses heavily on current law enforcement and social policy responses to alcohol and drug related crime, examining existing policies and practices such as drug courts, treatment institutions, and early referral into treatment programs.
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:
- source and evaluate information and data about drug use and crime in Australia;
- chart the history of drug policy in Australia and its connection to the development of criminal justice policy;
- apply both theory and research to critically evaluate popular media statements and crime prevention approaches to alcohol and drug-related crime; and
- present the outcomes of research in visual and written formats.
Indicative AssessmentWattle quizzes x 2, 10 questions each (5% each for a total of 10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5
Media analysis poster, A3 poster and data (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5
Major media analysis essay, 2500 words (35%) Learning outcomes 1, 5
Synthesis exam, 3 hours, short response and essay, held during the exam period (35%) Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed reading for this course will be available in a reading brick. It will include texts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, history, public health, social medicine and criminology.
Assumed KnowledgeThis course is taught assuming students have some basic knowlege of sociology and criminology.
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