CRIM 3001 - Contemporary Issues in Criminology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course explores changes that have occurred in recent years in the sociological study of crime and deviance. It explores key perspectives relating to 'new' explanations of crime, poses the question what is to be done about it, disputes the crimes that we should focus on and ultimately asks whether we should abandon the discipline of criminology. The initial focus is upon writings on governmentality, risk and the increased use of management accountancy to explain how crime has become reconstructed in late modernity. Central to this discussion is David Garland?s seminal text 'The Culture of Control'. The second element is concerned with the interplay between punishment, victims and justice, critically exploring newly emerging underlying principles in the implementation of contemporary criminal law. Finally, examining crimes of the powerful and shades of deviance, the question is posed whether we should abandon criminology in favour of the study of social harm.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRIM 3001
    Course Contemporary Issues in Criminology
    Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 15 units of Criminology courses.
    Incompatible GSSA 2112
    Course Description This course explores changes that have occurred in recent years in the sociological study of crime and deviance. It explores key perspectives relating to 'new' explanations of crime, poses the question what is to be done about it, disputes the crimes that we should focus on and ultimately asks whether we should abandon the discipline of criminology. The initial focus is upon writings on governmentality, risk and the increased use of management accountancy to explain how crime has become reconstructed in late modernity. Central to this discussion is David Garland?s seminal text 'The Culture of Control'. The second element is concerned with the interplay between punishment, victims and justice, critically exploring newly emerging underlying principles in the implementation of contemporary criminal law. Finally, examining crimes of the powerful and shades of deviance, the question is posed whether we should abandon criminology in favour of the study of social harm.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Andrew Groves

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    Critically assess the actuarial turn in crime policy and the role played by governmentality and risk in late modernity.

    Comprehend the interconnections of theories and practices relating to punishment, victims and justice.

    Analyse the social-political dynamics surrounding the social construction of deviance and the attention paid to crimes committed by the powerful.

    Evaluate the limitations of criminology as a disciplinary project.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3,4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD

    TOTAL HOURS

    1x1 hour lecture per week

    12 hours per semester

    1x2 hour tutorial per week

    24 hours per semester


    WORKLOAD

    TOTAL HOURS

    9 hours reading per week

    108 hours per semester

    9 hours research per week

    108 hours per semester

    3 hours assignment preparation per week

    36 hours per semester

    2 hours seminar preparation per week

    24 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary

    WEEK

    LECTURE TOPIC

    1

    Introduction

     

    Crime in Late Modernity

    2

    Governmentality and Risk

    3

    The Actuarial Turn

    4

    Punishment and Penology

    5

    Victims and Victimology

    6

    Restorative Justice

    7

    Rehabilitation

    8

    Transgression and Shades of Deviance

    9

    Crime and Social Inequality

    10

    The Crimes of the Powerful

    11

    Beyond Criminology

    12

    Conclusion

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT TASK

    TASK TYPE

    WEIGHTING

    COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

    1. 2000 word critical essay

    Formative and Summative

    30%

    1,4

    1. Group Presentation

    Formative and Summative

    20%

    2,4

    1. 4000 word take home exam

    Formative and Summative

    50%

    3,4

    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 01 Critical essay 30% weighting

    A critical essay of 3000 words (not including the bibliography).


    Assignment 02 Group presentation 20% weighting

    Students will be expected to work together in groups of around five to examine a particular aspect of this course and give a presentation.


    Assignment 03 Take home exam paper 50% weighting

    Students will receive an examination paper from which they must complete two essay questions amounting to 3000 words in total.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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