• Class Number 9085
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Meredith Rossner
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
    • Cameron Langfield
    • Dr Emily Corner
    • Dr Helen Taylor
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of crime as an event and crime control and prevention practices;
  2. critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime as an event;
  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.

Examination Material or equipment

Available on Wattle

Required Resources

Students will be asked to purchase the textbook for this course. This text is available for purchase at Harry Hartog at Kambri.

Newburn, T. (2017). Criminology (3rd Ed.) London, England: Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9781138643130

All other readings are available online through the library databases

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 the course. Theory and method; Anomie and Structural Strain
2 The Radical and Critical Tradition, Realist Criminology
3 Gender and Feminist Criminology; Cultural Criminology
4 Decolonising Criminology and the growth of Southern Criminology Quiz 1 due
5 Power, Control, and the Politics of Crime and Justice Research Skills Writing Task due
6 Media, Crime, and Justice Quiz 2 due
7 Police and policing; Race and Riots Quiz 3 due
8 Courts, Innovative Justice, Indigenous justice
9 Sentencing and Punishment Essay due
10 Prisons and Imprisonment
11 Victimology and Restorative Justice Quiz 4 due
12 Conclusion and Course Review

Tutorial Registration

Available on Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Quizes 20 % * 1, 2, 3, 4
Research skills writing task 10 % 24/09/2020 2, 3
Essay 30 % 05/10/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination 40 % * 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 Academic Integrity . 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Students will take 4 online quizzes throughout the semester. Each quiz will be multiple choice or true/false, and will be drawn from the readings and the lectures.

Each quiz is worth 5% of your final grade (20% overall).

The quizzes will be opened on Wattle on the following dates:

Quiz 1 – 17th August, 2020.

Quiz 2 – 31st August, 2020.

Quiz 3 – 21st September, 2020.

Quiz 4 – 19th October, 2020.

Each quiz is timed. Once you open the quiz you will have 1 hour to submit your answers.

You are only able to make one attempt at this quiz. Once you submit your answers, you cannot retake the quiz.

When you have completed the quiz, make sure to click ‘submit’ or your answers will not be recorded. Marks will be returned automatically

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 24/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3

Research skills writing task

This assessment is designed to acquaint all criminology students with the research skills required for university and beyond. The assessment is worth 10% towards the overall grade for the course, with a word limit of 500 words.

Students are to use the library databases (see https://anulib.anu.edu.au/) to identify three peer-reviewed scholarly articles on one of the topics covered in weeks 1-4 and write a 500-word literature review. Students are required to use the APA 6th style referencing system for all assessment items.

More information on identifying sources, preparing for, and structuring a literature review will be made available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Students are to write a 2000-word analytic essay. Essay topics will be provided and students will pick one. Topics will cover course materials up to week.

More information about how to prepare for and structure an analytic essay will be made available on Wattle.

Students are required to use the APA 6th style referencing system for all assessment items.

Please note, that written assessments which are 10% over/under the word count are penalised by 10% of the possible marks available (i.e. submissions which are below 1800 and above 2200 words will incur a 10% penalty).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination

The final examination comprises a take-home examination paper. 

The exam is will consist of short essay questions. Students will be strongly encouraged to source external materials and documents to support their answers.

The exam is designed to incorporate the learning outcomes focused on assessing students’ understanding and knowledge of criminological theory and criminal justice institutions.

Students are required to use the APA 6th style referencing system for all assessment items.

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 of Quizzes is not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • For assessment 2 and 3: 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

Assessment items and comments will be returned to students via Turnitin on Wattle on or before the dates specified above.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Unless otherwise approved under exceptional circumstances, assessment items cannot be resubmitted.

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 Meredith Rossner

Research Interests

Criminology Theory, Emotions, Crime and Justice, Courts, Restorative Justice

Dr Meredith Rossner

Tuesday 15:00 16:00
By Appointment
Cameron Langfield

Research Interests

Cameron Langfield

Dr Emily Corner

Research Interests

Dr Emily Corner

Dr Helen Taylor

Research Interests

Dr Helen Taylor

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