• Class Number 4402
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Roderic Broadhurst
    • Prof Roderic Broadhurst
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

Readings and Texts

Two texts are assigned for the course – Understanding Deviance covers broadly sociological and critical studies while Vold’s Theoretical Criminology provides a criminological-legal approach. Engaging with both texts is recommended. Additional readings are

posted throughout the course. You are encouraged to read original and primary sources and authors. Supplementary and alternative

texts are listed below and for each week.

Students are also encouraged to engage with an original theoretical text, such as Kai Erickson’s Wayward Puritans, Durkheim’s

Suicide, Matza’s Delinquency and Drift, Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, Felson’s Crime and Everyday Life, and so on.

Supplementary (The Australian undergraduate text White et. al. 2017 text may be helpful as an undergraduate refresher).

Felson, Marcus, 1998. Crime and Everyday Life, Pine Forge Press, London.

Garland, D. 1990. Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory. University of Chicago.

McLaughlin, Eugene and Tim Newburn, 2013, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory, Sage, Calif.

White, R., Fiona Haines, and Nicole Asquith, 2017, Crime and Criminology, 6 OUP.

The latest editions of the main texts are in order, however earlier editions are also available.

Staff Feedback

Students 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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Late Modernism - Governing Through Crime
2 Theories of Justice and Deterrence
3 Positivism and Biological/Neurological Approaches
4 Socio-Biological - Evolutionary Approaches (Debate Preparation)
5 Pathology and Psychology of Crime
6 Sociology of Deviance
7 Labelling & Interactionist Theory
8 -Control Theory Approaches
9 Conflict Theories
10 Mega-crime Theories
11 New Justice Theories
12 Applied Theory

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Reading Summary 10 % 31/05/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3
Debate & Presentation 10 % 19/03/2019 19/03/2019 1,2,3,4
Applied Theory PBL Policy Brief 5 % 23/04/2019 30/04/2019 3,4,5
Applied Theory - PBL Case Study 10 % 28/05/2019 11/06/2019 3,4,5
Book Review 15 % 21/05/2019 28/05/2019 3,4,5
Research Essay 50 % 14/06/2019 04/07/2019 4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The 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.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Tutorial Reading Summary

Submit a 500 word summary of a tutorial reading.…  See course summary for due dates and check the wattle page - to be assigned in Week 1

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 19/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 19/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Debate & Presentation

Submit a 800 word summary of the arguments & counter-arguments presented in the Debate to be held mid-term. Note the assessment includes a grade for presentation during the debate. Due week 5 & 6.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 23/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Applied Theory PBL Policy Brief

Problem Based Learning (PBL) proposal (600 words) due April 23

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 11/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Applied Theory - PBL Case Study

Applied Theory Problem Based Learning (PBL) case study: assessed 20- 30 minutes individual or team presentation. … PBL presentations to be held week 11 and/or 12

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 21/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Book Review

A critical review of seminal or new theoretical text - 800-1000 words in the format of journal book review

Assessment Task 6

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 14/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6

Research Essay

Research Essay 4000-word essay - due June 14

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

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