BIG ISSUES IN CRIMINOLOGY

LST3BIG

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subjects will employ cutting edge thinking in relation to key criminological concepts, debates and challenges. It will demonstrate how the focus, function and practices of criminology continues to be debated in light of such thinking, and how this results in diverse and often innovative responses to address crime and related social problems. A variety of topics and case studies will be used to illustrate this. These will include: modern slavery and trafficking; terrorism and the fear of crime; drug policy and safe injecting rooms; the uses of technology;  restorative justice  and community reinvestment strategies. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorErica Millar

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second level of Crime Justice and Legal Studies subjects or Criminology subjects, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWhat is Criminology?PrescribedBosworth Mary and Hoyle CarolynOxford University Press
ReadingsPublic Criminology?PrescribedLoader Ian and Sparks RichardRoutledge
ReadingsDoing Criminological ResearchRecommendedDavies Pamela Francis Peter and Jupp VictorSage

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply theoretical frameworks to examine key and emerging issues in contemporary criminological inquiry

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, readings, discussion and activities, audio-visuals, policy report, group presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically reflect on the discipline of criminology and the role of criminologists in addressing key crime-related issues in the society

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, readings, discussion and activities, policy report, group presentation, self-reflection
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify the links between the discipline of criminology and other related disciplines, and explain underlying theoretical assumptions of various approaches

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, readings, discussion and activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Produce an original, well-researched and theorised policy report pertinent to one key issue identified in the subject

Activities:
Policy report, discussion and activities, readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
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)

05. Articulate challenges in addressing and researching crime and justice topics, including practical, political and ethical hurdles

Activities:
Discussion and activities, policy report, group presentation, self-reflection
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorErica Millar

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Self-reflection piece (1,100 words)30 01, 02, 03, 05
Policy paper (2,000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Group presentation (an equivalent of 1,100 words)30 01, 02, 05