Global Criminology

Subject 191-311 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: 25 points of second year criminology
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Dr Mark Brown
Subject Overview:

This subject examines crime and deviance in a global perspective and on a global scale. A new area of criminological research, Global Criminology focuses on crime problems that have typically gone below the criminological radar. The subject will ask students to think about the problem of crime outside the traditional parameters of criminological study. This will include crimes that cross national borders, new forms of organised crime, crimes comitted by nation states and new, trans-national, definitions of criminal conduct. In this subject students will encounter case studies of crimes from a variety of global locations and will engage with up to the minute criminological resarch and theorising that attempts to understand and explain this new phenomenon of global crime. On completion of the subject, students should have an understanding of how 21st century crime challenges traditional ways of thinking about crime, defining and penalising criminal conduct and establishing a global notion of 'justice'.

Assessment: A written essay of 2000 words (50%) due mid-semester and a 2000 word (50%) take-home test due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Be able to locate, analyse and discuss research studies in the domain of global criminology;

  • Be able to connect descriptive or empirical studies with contemporary theoretical debates;

  • Recognise the various political and cultural standpoints from which crime is viewed globally;

  • Be able to formulate and elaborate an argument in tutorial discussions of these issues;

  • Be able to communicate this knowledge intelligibly and economically;

  • Be able to prepare and develop their ideas in a coherent, critical and analytic written form.

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

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