- Code CRIM1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Criminology
- Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Meredith Rossner
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course will introduce students to the history of social, structural, and critically framed theories that have been advanced to explain the criminal event as distinct from the criminal offender. Students will begin by exploring historical theories that examine the external situational and environmental influences on crime, including interactionism and labelling theory, strain, differential association and cultural criminology. Looking beyond the offender themselves, students will investigate the broader environmental factors which influence the incidence of crime and how authorities adapt physical environments as methods of crime control. Finally, students will be introduced to contemporary theories of critical criminology and the crime science philosophy. 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 these criminological perspectives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of crime as an event and crime control and prevention practices;
- critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime as an event;
- source relevant research publications on crime and justice, and interpret that information appropriately; and
- articulate and critique complex theories in a succinct and comprehensible manner.
- Mini quizzes x 4 (5% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research skills task, 500 words (10) [LO 2,3]
- Essay, 2000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Synthesis Exam, 3 hours, held during the exam period (40) [LO 1,2,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Prescribed TextsNewburn, T. (2017). Criminology. 3rd Ed. Oxon: Routledge.
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