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 illustrated throughout the unit with contemporary applications in lectures and tutorials. The unit may cover topics like drugs and alcohol, mental illness, youth crime and youth gangs, crimes of the suites vs. crimes of the streets, sex work and sexuality, 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
Dr. Loene Howes (H) and Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins (L/D).
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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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:
On campus: Hobart – Weekly lectures (2 hours); Fortnightly tutorials (1 hour).
On campus: Launceston – Weekly lectures (1 hour); Weekly seminars (1.5hrs)
Off campus: Weekly online lectures (1 hour); Fortnightly discussion topics; Online tutorials (3 x 1 hour).
On campus: case study or equivalent (800 words; 20%), major essay (2,500 words; 40%) final exam (2 hours; 30%), tutorial/seminar participation (10%)
Off campus: case study or equivalent (800 words; 20%), major essay (2,500 words; 40%), final exam (2 hours; 30%), discussion board participation (10%)
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