• Class Number 6257
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Meredith Rossner
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • Hannah Robertson
    • Margarita Gurgutsova
    • Neil Smith
    • Reynol Cheng
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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between social structures, crime, and criminal justice;
  2. critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime and criminal justice;
  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.

Research-Led Teaching

Professor Rossner's research encompasses many of the theoretical perspectives and criminal justice practices discussed in this course.

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

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course, Theory and Method in Criminology
2 Durkheim and Strain; interactionist theories
3 The Conflict Traditions; decolonizing criminology Quiz 1
4 Gender, Race, and Age
5 post modern perspective, the politics of crime and justice Research and Writing Task due (assessment 2)
6 Media, Crime, and Justice; Environmental/green criminology Quiz 2
7 Police and policing
8 Courts, Innovative Justice, Indigenous justice Quiz 3; in class presentations
9 Sentencing and Punishment in class presentations
10 Prisons and Imprisonment in class presentations
11 Victimology and Restorative Justice Quiz 4; in class presentations
12 Conclusion and Course Review

Tutorial Registration

Available on My Timetable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizes 20 % 1, 2, 4
Research and Writing Task: part 1 and part 2 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Group Oral Presentation 15 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination 35 % 1, 2, 4
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 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 Integrity 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 Skills 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.


Participation is expected of all students doing CRIM1002, and it forms 10% of your overall assessment.

See Wattle for more details and the rubric.


The final examination will be in-person, during the exam period.

The exam is will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions.

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

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 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 and closed on Wattle the following weeks:

Quiz 1 – Week 3 (covering week 1, 2 and 3 materials)

Quiz 2 – Week 6 (covering week 4, 5, and 6 materials)

Quiz 3- Week 8 (covering week 7, and 8 materials)

Quiz 4- Week 11 (covering week 9, 10, and 11 materials

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: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research and Writing Task: part 1 and part 2

This assessment is designed to acquaint all criminology students with the research skills required for university and beyond. The assessment is worth 20% towards the overall grade, and includes 2 parts.

Part 1 (Due Tuesday 15 Aug, 10%). Students are to use the library databases (see https://anulib.anu.edu.au/) to identify FOUR peer-reviewed empirical articles on a single topic relevant to this course. They need to be related to each other as part 2 of this assessment requires student to write a literature review synthesising these articles. For this assessment, students are required to (1) produce a bibliography using APA 7th style referencing system and (2) write a very short (dot point) summary for each article including (1) the subject area, (2) the geographical location of the research, (3) the data and methods used in the research, and (4) key findings.

Part 2 (Due Tuesday 19 September, 10%). After receiving feedback on the bibliography and summary of each article, students are to write a 700 word literature review. More information on identifying sources, preparing for, and structuring a literature review will be discussed in the lecture and tutorial, and made available on Wattle.

Please note, that written assessments which are 10% over/under the word count are penalised by 10% of the possible marks available.

Assessment Task 3

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

Group Oral Presentation

You will be put into small groups and will be asked to identify and present a piece of relevant empirical research and lead a tutorial discussion. Presentations will take place during tutorial and will take about 10 minutes.

More details on group presentations and rubric will be provided in class.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Final Examination

The final exam will be in person, during the examination period.

The exam is will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions.

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

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4


Participation is expected of all students doing CRIM1002, and it forms 10% of your overall assessment. This includes attendance at tutorials and participation in a study group.

See Wattle for more details and the rubric

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 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. Please note that if part 1 of assessment 2 is late, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide feedback in time to guide students in part 2 of the assessment.
  • Late submission is not accepted for oral presentation.
  • Late submission is not accepted for examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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

Monday 12:00 14:00
By Appointment
Hannah Robertson

Research Interests

Hannah Robertson

Margarita Gurgutsova

Research Interests

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

Margarita Gurgutsova

Neil Smith

Research Interests

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

Neil Smith

Reynol Cheng

Research Interests

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

Reynol Cheng


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