- 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 2023
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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 and contemporary theories that examine the situational and structural influences on crime, including Anomie/Strain, Critical and Conflict traditions, Feminism, Southern and Indigenous Criminology, Cultural Criminology, and Green Criminology. Students will then be introduced to ways that major social, political and cultural institutions intersect with crime and justice, including mass media, politics, and criminal justice institutions such as the police, courts, and corrections. We will also explore innovations in criminal justice, such as Indigenous justice and restorative justice. The course will require students to critically engage with the theories presented; and to critique their value in explaining crime and criminal justice 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 the relationship between social structures, crime, and criminal justice;
- critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime and criminal justice;
- 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.
- Wattle-based Quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Written assessment to develop research skills (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Group based oral presentation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam (35) [LO 1,2,4]
- Class participation (10) [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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