Courses & Units

Crime and Deviance HGA259

Hobart, Launceston

Note:

Core unit for Criminology major

Introduction

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.

Summary

Unit name Crime and Deviance
Unit code HGA259
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator

Dr Loene Howes

Teaching staff

Dr Loene Howes (H) and Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins (L/D).

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline a range of criminological perspectives and theories on the nature and causes of crime.
  2. Apply theoretical perspectives and theories to particular examples of deviance, crime, and social control.
  3. 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.
  4. Justify your position on key debates in the study of crime, criminality and criminal justice.
  5. Communicate your ideas clearly, incorporating key elements of academic writing in Criminology

Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090301

Fees for next year will be published in November. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

LAW638 AND LAW615 AND HGA359

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:Weekly lecture (1 hour)
6 x Tutorials (1 hour)
6 x Online classes (30 minutes)

On Campus:
Weekly lecture (1.5 hours)
Weekly tutorial (1 hour)
Weekly lecture (30 minutes) 
Weekly lecture (2 hours)

Assessment

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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Flexible Study Options

Textbooks

Required

Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.

Recommended

Booktopia textbook links

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