Criminology and Public Policy

Subject 191-302 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour tutorial for 10 weeks of the semester and a 1-hour lecture for the first and last week of semester
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of first year criminology and/or 25 points of sociology.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


Assoc Prof Adam Sutton
Subject Overview:

Many criminology graduates find themselves researching, developing and applying crime policy in government, political and other contexts. This course helps prepare students for such work. As well as providing an overview of factors shaping policy in Australia and other countries, it reviews challenges associated with making criminological theory relevant in practical contexts. Emphasis is on exploring contemporary reform issues such as control of the sex industry, drug law reform, initiatives for victims of crime, public drunkenness and other 'victimless' offences, white-collar crime and crime prevention. The course also draws on sociological theory to help understand opportunities for, and obstacles to, reform. Specific theorists used include Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Habermas and feminist schools.

Assessment: An essay of 2000 words 50% (due during the semester) and a 2-hour examination 50% (held at the end of semester). To obtain a final result students must attend at least 7 out of 10 tutorials.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have significant cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • understand complex concepts and express them lucidly in writing and orally;

  • have advanced awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;

  • have considerable capacity for independent critical thought and self-directed learning;

  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.


Formerly available as 191-202/302 and 191-003. Students who have completed 191-202/302 or 191-003 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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