UNDERSTANDING CRIME

LST1UNC

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Since the eighteenth century, Western societies have sought to explain systematically the causes of crime and criminality. This subject explores how different understandings of crime have emerged as a response to changing social, political and economic contexts. It also explores the usefulness of these understandings for explaining and responding to crime today. The nature and impact of key criminological approaches ranging from classicism and positivism through to current day critical perspectives will be illustrated and analysed through consideration of contemporary case studies. The way in which criminological theories inform practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system will also be highlighted.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Bachelor of Criminology

Co-requisites NA

Incompatible subjects NA

Equivalent subjects NA

Special conditions Enrolment in the Bachelor of Criminology for which this subject is the cornerstone.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTBAPrescribedTBATBA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the emergence, nature and impact of key criminological approaches to explaining crime and criminality.

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions online activities and readings, quizzes, reaction papers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental differences between different criminological approaches by being able to clearly distinguish between them

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions and online activities, readings, tutorial activities, quizzes, reaction papers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Analyse the relationship between criminological theory and practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system.

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial discussions. online activities , readings, quizzes, tutorial presentation, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Identify and evaluate the ethical dimensions and implications of criminological thinking and practice.

Activities:
Lecture, tutorials discussions, online activities, readings, quizzes, reaction papers, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Speak and write in a concise, relevant and well-informed manner about criminological perspectives on crime and criminality

Activities:
Lectures and tutorial discussions, readings, online activities, tutorial presentation, essay, reaction papers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"These will be mixture of face-to-face lecture. In some weeks lectures will be offered online or augmented by online material."

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Assessment tasks (1,000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1200 research essay35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Three 400 word reaction papers30 01, 04, 05
One 600 word tutorial presentation10 05