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|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
|Coordinator||Doctor Loene Howes|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|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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- Explain the main concepts and debates within a range of criminological perspectives and theories.
- Apply criminological perspectives and theories to particular examples of deviance, crime, and social control.
- Evaluate the contribution of different criminological perspectives and theories to the study of deviance, crime, and social control.
- Communicate your ideas clearly, incorporating key elements of academic writing in criminology.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Prerequisites25 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
|Assessment||Examination - take home (30%)|Case Study (20%)|Essay (40%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (10%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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