Course Title: Contemporary Criminology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Criminology

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2116

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

SOCU2118

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Georgina Heydon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3640

Course Coordinator Email:Georgina.Heydon@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.6

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil. 


Course Description

In this course, you will study the contemporary ’reality’ of crime, and the problems this poses for criminal justice agencies, criminologists, and society at large. You will learn about different forms of violence in contemporary society including personal-domestic (family violence, child abuse, ’normal’ homicide), public-terror (street assault, school shootings, serial killing, mass murder), as well as violence at an international level (organised crime, environmental crime, and governmental crime). The course will also address situational, developmental, and social crime prevention techniques.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • compare the impact that different theoretical approaches to criminology can have on policy formation in criminal justice institutions;
  • analyse the application of theory to contemporary criminological problems;
  • research and critique criminal justice responses to crime and associated social phenomena with reference to major criminological theories.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Independent and collaborative practice
  • Effective management and use of information


Overview of Learning Activities


Overview of Learning Resources


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include assignments, groups work, online activities, presentations, debates, and examinations. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment