- Code CRIM4001
- 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 Criminology
Major theories of crime, justice 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 of the role of institutions and practice on criminal justice. The various criminological theories (imaginations) are located in the context of different perspectives about both the meaning and realisation of justice (e. g. Rawls, Nussbaum). 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. In short the course explores the causes of common and mega-crime (hemoclysm) in the context of these broader changes in society and perspective on justice. The theoretical perspective draws upon Emmanuel Kants (1724-1804) insight that There is nothing more practical than a good theory to predict and prevent crimes and mega-crimes.
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:
- 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 about the causes of crime and theories of justice to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- Discern differences in methodological approaches used by different theories and the means to test theoretical assumptions, including rare crimes such as genocide and other mega crimes;
- 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 and reflections in favour of a particular theory (tutorial/on-line discussion) – 500 words (10%); Learning Outcomes [1-3]
Debate – 800 words (15%); Learning Outcomes [1-4]
Applied Theory Case Study using Problem Based Learning, seminar group (3-5 people) presentation 30 minutes (20%) and proposal (600 words) 5%; Learning Outcomes [3-5]
Research Essay: 4000-word research project (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.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsBernard, Thomas J., Jeffrey B. Snipes, and Alexander L. Gerould, 2009, Vold's Theoretical Criminology, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press.
Preliminary ReadingRawls, John, 1971 A Theory of Justice, Belknap
Quirk, H. Et al [eds] 2010, Regulation and Criminal Justice, Cambridge.
Braithwaite, J, 1989, Crime Shame and Reintegration, Sage, Calif.
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.
McLaughlin, Eugene and Tim Newburn, 2013, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory, Sage, Calif.
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