Course Title: Criminology
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2010
Course Code: JUST5150
Course Title: Criminology
School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice
Course Contact : Michelle Noon
Course Contact Phone: 9925 4581
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Irene Pagliarella 99254581
Nominal Hours: 68
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
VBQU369 Apply Research Techniques within a Justice Framework
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of crime, substantive areas of offending behaviour, and the implications of criminological knowledge for policy formulation and crime prevention strategy.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
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This course aims to enable students to:
- Describe the broad nature of crime and criminology and demonstrate the linkages between theory and policy
- Demonstrate understanding of the historical evolution of criminology, showing ideological changes and similarities in approaches to crime, from early civilisation to contemporary times
- Analyse the nature, extent and patterns of crime, in Australia and globally
- Evaluate the validity of official crime statistics
- Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime
- Analyse the role of criminal profiling and its relevance to criminal investigation
- Demonstrate understanding of the major forms of criminal behaviour, their known patterns and correlates, and specify the measures designed to prevent or contain them
- Explain the rise of victimology as a major focus of study, and the importance of the victim’s role in the criminal process
Details of Learning Activities
Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area
Week One: Introduction and Overview of Subject
Week Two: Historical Evolution of Criminology
Week Three: Crime Statistics and their Meaning
Week Four: Exam
Week Five: Causes of Crime 1-Trait Theory
Weeks Six and Seven: Easter/Semester Break
Week Eight: Causes of Crime 2-Strain Theory
Week Nine: Feminist Criminology
Week Ten: Labelling and Conflict Theories
Week Eleven: Profiling
Week Twelve: Violent Crime and Victimology
Week Thirteen: Property Crime
Week Fourteen: Public Order Crime
Week Sixteen:. Overview and Evaluation
Hayes, H & Prenzler, T. (2009). An Introduction to Crime and Criminology ed. 2: NSW: Pearson Education Australia.
*Anthony, T. & Cunneen, C. (2008). The Critical Criminology Companion. Sydney, NSW: Hawkins Press
Overview of Assessment
Assessment is designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and students will be expected to: participate in class and on-line discussions and debates, complete two closed book examinations, undertake a small scale research project and present their findings and write one 2000 word essay.
There are 4 pieces of assessment in this subject, as follows:
1. Participation in Class Discussions (15%). Students are expected to: prepare for and attend all classes, actively participate in class discussions and make weekly postings to the on-line Learning Hub forum. There will also be one hurdle task in Week 3 which must be researched, written up and posted to the Learning Hub prior to the commencement of the Week 4 class. The participation portion of the final grade will be based upon the student’s critical engagement with the subject matter and readings, as demonstrated in the quality and quantity of their involvement in class discussions and debates. No marks are awarded simply for attendance; however as absence clearly precludes participation, it must be expected that consistent absences will impact upon the overall course grade. Assesses all Learning Outcomes
2. Exam 1 (10%). A closed book exam will be conducted in class on a date to be advised.
3. Essay (40%). Choose one of the following topics and write 2000 words, ensuring that your work is referenced according to APA standards and has a bibliography of no less than 6 texts or journal articles. Additional guidelines to essay writing will be provided.
A: ‘Crime statistics have probably generated more heated discussion and debate than most other areas of criminology (Weatherburn, 2002, in Hayes and Prenzler p35).’ Discuss the reasons for this. (Assesses LOs 3 and 4)
B: Is revenge the best way to make a victim feel better? Why/why not? (Assesses LOs 1,7 and 8)
C: How does the film ‘Girl, Interrupted’ help you to understand labelling theory and/or the feminist approach to criminology? (Assesses LO 5)
D: ‘If you eliminate poverty, you eliminate crime’. Do you agree? Why/why not? Discuss with reference to two or more of the major criminological theories (Assesses LOs 1, 5 and 7)
E: Critically analyse the use of restorative justice conferences in family violence cases
(Assesses LOs 1.4 and 7)
F: ‘The best way to deal with offenders like ‘Jisoe’ is to subject them to aversion therapy.’ Discuss with reference to the book or film version of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and to the documentary ‘Jisoe’ (Assesses LO 5)
The deadline for your essay is 4pm on Friday 28 May, 2010.
4. Final Exam (35%) A closed book exam will be held in class on a date to be advised. The exam will consist of 35 multiple choice questions (each worth 1 mark) and will run for 2 hours. Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-8.
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