• 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, Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology

Australia has been famously described as having a 'wet culture', one in which alcohol consumption (and its consequences) have become intertwined into the social and recreational fabric of Australian society and bringing with it a number of serious social and personal consequences. Drug use on the other hand is much less common but no less problematic, accounting for  between 20 and 40 percent of crimes committed in Australia. How we respond to these issues remains a matter of significant academic and policy debate - especially for those charged with the responsibility of promoting safety, both on the streets and in the home.

This course examines the social, legal and political responses to alcohol and drug use in contemporary Australian society. Students will explore their own perceptions of the drug-crime relationship and contrast these with the theoretical frameworks that currently exist to guide policy and practice. In particular, this course focuses heavily on current law enforcement and social policy responses to alcohol and drug related crime, examining existing policies and practices such as drug courts, treatment institutions, and early referral into treatment programs.

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 the skills to:
  1. source and evaluate information and data about drug use and crime in Australia;
  2. chart the history of drug policy in Australia and its connection to the development of criminal justice policy;
  3. apply both theory and research to critically evaluate popular media statements and crime prevention approaches to alcohol and drug-related crime;
  4. synthesise research findings into a policy proposal at an advanced level; and
  5. present the outcomes of research in both visual and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

Wattle quizzes x 2, 10 questions each (5% each for a total of 10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5
Media analysis poster, A3 poster and data (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5
Wattle quizzes x 2, 10 questions each (5% each for a total of 10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5
Media analysis poster, A3 poster and data (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5
Major media analysis essay, 4000 words (35%) Learning outcomes 1, 5
Synthesis exam, 3 hours, short response and essay, held during the exam period (35%) Learning outcomes 1, 4, 5  
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
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 CRIM2005.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic knowledge of sociology and criminology.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2891 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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