• Class Number 2876
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jason Payne
    • Dr Jason Payne
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Cameron Langfield
    • Emily Bruckner
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the key theories explaining criminal behaviour and the societal response to crime;
  2. critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime and deviance in contemporary society;
  3. source relevant research publications on crime and justice, and interpret that information appropriately; and
  4. articulate and critique complex theories in a succinct and comprehensible manner.

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Examination Material or equipment

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Required Resources

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Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 to CRIM1001
2 Module 1
3 Module 1 (Cont)
4 Module 2 Annotated Bibliography (5%)
5 Module 2 (Cont)
6 Module 3 Annotated Bibliography + Synopsis (30%)
7 Module 3 (Cont)
8 Module 4
9 Module 4 (Cont) Group Interview (15%)
10 Module 5
11 Module 5 (Cont) Market Day Presentation (35%)
12 Exam Prep

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography (single item, 200 words) 5% 5 % 16/03/2020 2, 3, 4
Annotated Bibliography (four items, 800 words) and Analysis (1000 words) 30% 30 % 06/04/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Group Interview (group interview style, 15 minutes) 15% 15 % * 1, 2, 3, 4
Market Day Group Presentation 35% 35 % 21/05/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Take Home Exam (72 hours, 500 words) 15% 15 % * 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


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Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 16/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Annotated Bibliography (single item, 200 words) 5%

In this assessment, you will prepare a critical synopsis of one journal article provided to you by the Course convener. Your synopsis must identify and discuss the objective, research methodology, findings and limitations of the article. You must also demonstrate the appropriate use of the APA 6th referencing and citation standards.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Annotated Bibliography (four items, 800 words) and Analysis (1000 words) 30%

Based on feedback from Assessment 1, you will prepare critical synopses of four journal articles related to one of five topics provided by the convenor. Each member of your group member must select a different topic, and it is your responsibility to negotiate the allocation of topics amongst your group. You will then develop an brief essay in response to one of the listed questions. The essay includes a polished introduction, and an outline for the body and conclusion of the essay. A scaffold will be provided to guide you on the requirements of the proposal.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Group Interview (group interview style, 15 minutes) 15%

You will articulate and defend the design of your group’s crime free society in a group interview with your tutor. Five questions will be asked of your group, and you must decide which student will answer which question. You must also complete a self-assessment and peer-assessments on collaborative skill and overall contribution to the group project.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 21/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Market Day Group Presentation 35%

In groups of four, design a five-point plan to eliminate crime in Canberra. Your five-point plan must address the five issues raised in each module in the course. This task is the culmination of your group planning throughout the semester. You must present your five-point plan as a multimedia presentation (video, slideshow etc) OR as a poster. The presentation or poster will be displayed as part of a public market day (date TBC). Your group will be expected to host a booth in which your presentation or poster is displayed, and field questions from tutors, the convener, ANU students, staff, and dignitaries, an expert panel of criminologists and academics, and the general public.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Take Home Exam (72 hours, 500 words) 15%

In the final lecture of this course, you will be provided with some lecture content and stimulus material upon which you are to reflect and write a 500 word response. This assessment will take the format of a take-home examination and you will have 72 hours to complete.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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.

Returning Assignments

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Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jason Payne

Research Interests

Dr Payne is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Australian National University (ANU). He holds a Bachelor in Social Science (Criminology), a Graduate Diploma in Languages (Japanese), a Master of Public Policy (Policy Analysis) and PhD in Criminology. Jason specialises in quantitative criminological methods, developmental and life-course criminology and drugs and crime. 

Dr Jason Payne

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Cameron Langfield

Research Interests

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Emily Bruckner

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