• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Law, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Roderic Broadhurst
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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 on 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 Kant’s (1724-1804) insight that “There is nothing more practical than a good theory” to predict and prevent crimes and mega-crimes.

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. distinguish between the key features of different theoretical perspectives and constructively compare their advantages and disadvantages;
2. 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;
3. 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;
4. appraise the relevance and assess the influence of a particular theory on the policy and practice of the criminal justice system;
5. deconstruct (uncover and critique the theoretical assumptions) a policy initiative in applied criminology/criminal justice; and
6. integrate and synthesise a micro and macro explanation of a criminal phenomena.

Indicative Assessment

On campus Mode of Delivery
Present arguments and reflections in favour of a particular theory (tutorial discussion forum) – 500 words (10%); Learning Outcomes [1-3]
Debate – oral presentation 800 words (15%); Learning Outcomes [1-4]
Applied Theory Case Study, 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]
Online Mode of Delivery
Present arguments and reflections in favour of a particular theory via on-line discussion forum) – 500 words (10%); Learning Outcomes [1-3]
Debate – oral presentation – on-line discussion forum 800 words (15%); Learning Outcomes [1-4]
Two hour exam in lieu of Applied Theory Case Study
Research Essay: 4000-word research project (50%); Learning Outcomes [4-6]

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Students will need to commit to 130 hours of total learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars and workshops (3 hours per week for 12 weeks).
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM4001

Prescribed Texts

Bernard, Thomas J., Jeffrey B. Snipes, and Alexander L. Gerould, 2009, Vold's Theoretical Criminology, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press.

Preliminary Reading

Rawls, 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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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
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
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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
4402 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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