Teaching Matters 2017 | Presentation Details | 28 NovemberNov 2017
Interdisciplinary online teaching and learning to examine sex crimes
Jeremy Prichard, Law School
Caroline Spiranovic, Law School
Innovative Teaching for Successful Graduates
Social Sciences 211
Henry (2012: 76), among others, has underscored the need for interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle the “mega and complex problems” crime poses for society, warning against the “myopic” analyses that uni-disciplinary perspectives yield. While interdisciplinary research in crime is developing rapidly (Gonzalez & Akers, 2017), little attention has been paid to interdisciplinary teaching and learning – suggesting that undergraduates in crime-related disciplines are not being prepared for future research priorities.
This presentation discusses LAW658 Sex Crimes and Criminals, launched online in 2016. The unit presupposes the need for inter-disciplinerity because sex crimes are a “mega problem”; an estimated 1.83 million Australians have experienced at least one sexual crime since the age of 15 years. LAW658 incorporates teachers from multiple disciplines (vertical inter-disciplinerity) and students from different academic and professional backgrounds (horizontal inter-disciplinerity). Learning activities and formative assessment were designed to maximise peer teaching (Biggs & Tang, 2007). The presentation discusses apparent tensions between interdisciplinary learning and online delivery.
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Gonzalez, J. M. R., & Akers, T. A. (2017). ‘Transdisciplinary Research Perspective: Epidemiological Criminology as an Emerging Theoretical Framework for Substance Abuse Research’. In Research Methods in the Study of Substance Abuse (pp. 27-40). Springer, Cham.
Henry, S. (2012). ‘Expanding Our Thinking on Theorizing Criminology and Criminal Justice? The Place of Evolutionary Perspectives in Integrative Criminological Theory’. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology, 4(1): 76.