Core unit for Criminology major
The unit offers a broad overview of the major theories and approaches to the study of crime and deviance. It provides a survey of diverse and competing interpretations of criminal and deviant acts, the situations and contexts within which crime and deviance is defined and takes place, and the explanations put forward for the causes and consequences of deviance in society. The unit encourages students to think critically and practically engage with the key questions and colourful issues that criminologists face, including why and how some behaviours and subcultures are regarded as deviant or criminal and others are not. Each theoretical perspective is vividly illustrated throughout the unit with contemporary applications in topical lectures and tutorials. For example, the unit may cover topics like youth crime and youth gangs, drugs and alcohol, sex work and sexuality, mental illness, crimes of the suites vs. crimes of the streets, risk, terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as analysing the dynamic impact of stigma, moral panics and social control on individuals and society.
|Unit name||Crime and Deviance|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
Dr Loene Howes
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Launceston||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Outline a range of criminological perspectives and theories on the nature and causes of crime.
- Apply theoretical perspectives and theories to particular examples of deviance, crime, and social control.
- Critically evaluate the contribution of criminological perspectives and theories at different levels of social analysis (individual, situational, and structural), to the study of deviance, crime, and social control.
- Justify your position on key debates in the study of crime, criminality and criminal justice.
- Communicate your ideas clearly, incorporating key elements of academic writing in Criminology
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
LAW638 AND LAW615 AND HGA359
On campus: Hobart – Weekly lectures (1.5 hours); Weekly tutorials (1 hour).
On campus: Launceston – Weekly online lectures (30 minutes); Weekly workshop (2hours)
Off campus: Weekly online lectures (30 minutes); Fortnightly discussion topics; Online tutorials (6 x 1 hour per semester).
Task 1: Case study, 800 words (20%)
Task 2: Essay, 2500 words (40%)
Task 3: Final exam, four questions (30%)
Task 4: Tutorial participation (10%)
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