CRIM 1001 - Understanding Criminology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course offers an introduction to the field of criminology by examining the nature of crime as well as exploring the key criminological works that seek to explain why people commit crime. While the first part of the course briefly introduces the concept of crime, its social construction and various representations, the second component explores both the theory and available research explaining why crimes are committed. Topics covered in this latter section include theoretical arguments that draw upon the classical, positivist, sociological and Chicago Schools, as well as Subcultural and Social Learning Theories, Symbolic Interactionism, Labelling Theory and Critical and Cultural theories of Criminology. This course will explore the practical implications of this work for crime control and prevention.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRIM 1001
    Course Understanding Criminology
    Coordinating Unit Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GSSA 1010
    Assessment Online weekly quiz 24%, Drafting Exercise 6%, Hypothetical Report 30%, Research Essay 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ruthie O'Reilly

    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:

    Understand the  conceptualisation and representations of crime

    Analyse the social, political and economic context of criminal activities.

    Critically examine the major criminological explanations of crime.

    Compare and evaluate explanations of crime.

    Use criminological theory to offer explanations for criminal and deviant behaviours.

    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Relevant journal articles will be provided for discussion each week. These readings will be digitised by the Digital Resources Management Centre and made available in electronic form via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Referencing, avoiding plagiarism, essay writing and report writing guides from the Writing Centre will be included in the course material. Students with further needs will be directed to the Writing Centre and the ‘Writing and Speaking at Uni’ MyUni course.
    Library Pages - The course will have a library page for resources maintained by the GSSA librarian.

    Turnitin - Students will be required to upload assignments to Turnitin for plagiarism checking. This can be done before the due date so that they can fix any problems and upload again, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own practice.

    Web resources - MyUni will be used to provide students with useful web links to appropriate Human Rights organisations and campaigns for use in researching assignments. MyMedia recording facilities will be required in lecture theatres to enable recording of lectures for external students.

    All of the above are standard resources already offered by the University and no extra resource or workload impact on the area is anticipated.  
    Online Learning
    Students will have access to recorded lectures.
    All students will receive announcements and assessment tasks via MyUni and submit assessments online through Turnitin or other relevant system. MyUni will contain links to the course library page and a list of useful web resources related to the course.
    All students will use the MyUni integrated version of Turnitin to check their own work for plagiarism. Turnitin’s Grademark facility may be used to give feedback to students on assignments.  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    1 Online weekly quiz (24%)
    2 Drafting Exercise (6%)
    3 Hypothetical Report (30%)
    4 Research Essay (40%)
    Assessment Detail

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    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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