CRIM 2001 - Controlling Crime
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code CRIM 2001 Course Controlling Crime Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis 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 Prerequisites 6 Units of Level 1 CRIM courses Incompatible GSSA 2113 Course Description This course explores key theoretical and empirical observations about the way that crime and deviance is controlled in modern society. Students will examine a variety of contemporary forms of crime control, and trace the historical lineage of the various approaches. This course takes as its starting point the theories and concepts prominent in penology, surveillance and policing studies, but also considers the broader political and economic pressures surrounding crime control practices, including the possibilities for resistance. Students will critically explore various state-centric, but also private approaches to control of crime as well as the more mundane elements of everyday life. Students will examine the increasingly significant role of technology in this space.
Course Coordinator: Dr Russell Brewer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Understand theoretical concepts and perspectives used by sociologists and criminologists to analyse and explain surveillance practices, processes and policies.
Critically evaluate the social impacts and resonances of surveillance in contemporary societies, with particular reference to deviance and crime.
Understand the various reactions to surveillance practices in everyday life, particularly with regard to strategies of resistance.
Comprehend the relational interplays between surveillance practices, monitored populations and illegal activity.
Discern the political, economic and cultural influences responsible for the intensification of surveillance.
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)
1,5 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
2,3,4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,5 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
1,2,5 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
Required ResourcesWeekly readings
Week 01 Waking up in a surveillance society
O’Brien, M & Yar, M. (2008) Surveillance, In M. O’Brien M. Yar, M (Eds) Criminology: The Key Concepts. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon. Pp 166-169.
Gilliom, J. & Monahan, T. (2013) SuperVision: An Introduction to the Surveillance society. Pp 1-10. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Week 02 Are prisons panoptic?
Foucault, M. (1977) Panopticism (an extract from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Modern Prison. New York: Vintage) In C. Greer (Ed.) (2010) Crime and Media: A Reader. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Pp 493-505.
Smith, C. (2012) Corrections In Hayes, H. & Penzler, T. (Eds) An Introduction to Crime and Criminology. Frenches Forest, NSW: Pearson. Pp 290-302.
Week 03 Watching the neighbours: crime prevention and community safety
Boyne, R. (2000) ‘Post-Panopticism.’ Economy and Society 29(2): 285-307.
Kelly, A. and Finlayson, A., 2015. Can Facebook save Neighbourhood Watch? The Police Journal, p.0032258X15570557.
Week 04 The new penology and police surveillance
Haggerty, K. (2012) Surveillance, crime and the police. In K. Ball, K. Haggerty & D. Lyon (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. New York: Routledge. Pp 235-243.
Newburn, T. (2013) Criminology. London: Routledge. 327-347
This chapter on ‘Late modernity, governmentality and risk’ not only discusses new penology (p. 345), but also gives an excellent overview of Discipline and Punish, governmentality (we return to this concept later in the course) and Garland’s Culture of Control.
Week 05 The security industry and the surveillance assemblage
Prenzler, T. and Sarre, R. (2009) The Policing Complex. In A. Graycar and P. Grabosky (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Australian Criminology. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 52-72.
Haggerty, K. D. and Ericson, R. V. (2000), The surveillant assemblage. The British Journal of Sociology, 51: 605–622.
Week 06 Transnational crime and (in)security
Bigo, Didier (2004) ‘Global (In)security: The Field of the Professionals of Unease Management and the Ban-opticon’, in Jon Solomon and Sakai Naoki (Eds) Traces: A Multilingual Series of Cultural Theory, No. 4 (Sovereign Police, Global Complicity). Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press. Pp 5-49. [Extract]
The language is often complex, but try to focus on the main ideas rather than the details.
Goldsmith, A.J. (2012). Crimes across borders. In M Marmo, W de Lint & D Palmer, ed. Crime and Justice: A guide to criminology. 4th ed. Sydney, NSW: Thomson Reuters, pp. 275-302.
Week 07 Surveillance, media and crime
Doyle, A. (2011), ‘Revisiting the Synopticon: Reconsidering Mathiesen’s ‘The Viewer Society’ in the Age of Web 2.0’, Theoretical Criminology, 15: 283–99.
McCahill, M. (2012) Crime, surveillance and media. In K. Ball, K. Haggerty & D. Lyon (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. New York: Routledge. Pp 244-50.
Week 08 Crime and the rise of the surveillance school
Hope, A. (2015) Governmentality and the 'selling' of school surveillance devices. The Sociological Review. 63(4), pp 840-857.
O’Malley, P. (2013) Governmentality, In McLaughlin, E. and Muncie, J. (2013) (Third edition) The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. London: Sage. Pp 208-210.
Week 09 Surveillance, power and social impacts
Coleman, R. & MacCahill, M. (2011) Surveillance & Crime. London: Sage. Pp. 111-142.
Week 10 Resistance, play and surveillance
Gilliom, J. and Monaham, T. (2012) Everyday Resistance, In K. Ball, K. Haggerty & D. Lyon (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. New York: Routledge. Pp 244-50.
Marx, G. (2009). A Tack in the Shoe and Taking Off the Shoe: Neutralization and Counter-neutralization Dynamics. Surveillance and Society 6(3): 295-306.
Week 11 Criminological futures, control and bodies caught in the net
Hope, A. (In print) Biopower and school surveillance technologies 2.0. The British Journal of Sociology of Education. Pre-print version available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01425692.2014.1001060#.VNlvbf6KCUk [Extract]
Trottier, D. (2014) Crowdsourcing CCTV surveillance on the Internet, Information, Communication & Society, 17:5, 609-626.
Week 12: No lectures or seminars. Complete assignment 03
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1 hour lecture per week (x 12)
1 x 2 hour seminar per week (x 12)
1 x 4 hours reading (x 12)
1 x 3 hours research per week (x 12)
1 x 3 hours assignment preparation each week (x 12)
Total = 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Waking up in a surveillance society
Care and control
Are prisons panoptic?
Watching the neighbours: crime prevention and community safety
Culture of control
The new penology and police surveillance
The new penology
The security industry and the surveillance assemblage
Transnational crime and (in)security
Surveillance, media and crime
Crime and the rise of the surveillance school
Surveillance, power and social impacts
Light Touch surveillance
Resistance, play and surveillance
Criminological futures, social control and bodies caught in the net
Focus on assignment 03.
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1 1000 word essay (30%)
2 Group Project Presentation (20%)
3 3000 word individual report (40%)
4 Seminar Participation (10%)
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Individual written report of 3000 words in length.
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