Compliance, Regulation & Crime

Subject 191-520 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

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: 30 June, 1, 2, 3, 4 July. This subject will be taught as an intensive program from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in criminology or socio-legal studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Fiona Haines
Subject Overview:

There is increasing public and political demand that harms and risks to people, the environment, financial systems, and the like, be reduced, if not eliminated altogether. Tighter regulation, including in some cases use of the criminal law, is often seen as the means to reduce these harms. This subject critically analyses the capacity of regulation to reduce harm. It reviews the political context of regulation, the wide variety of regulatory regimes and techniques currently used and the problems faced by regulators. The subject brings together practitioners and students to critically assess the capacity of regulation to reduce risk. The subject uses a wide variety of case examples to encourage discussion and debate about when to regulate and how to do so effectively. Students completing the subject should be able to critically analyse regulation and the regulatory impulse, understand a range of regulatory techniques and their relevance to a wide range of contemporary social harms.

Assessment: An essay of 1500 words (due two weeks after the end of teaching) 25% and an essay of 3500 words 75% (due mid-September).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop. Case studies for discussion will be provided by the School.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Have an advanced understanding of the relevant knowledge base in the specialist area;

  • have the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the specialist area;

  • have well-developed problem-solving skills in the specialist area;

  • Understand the complex range of, and reasons for, compliant or deviant conduct;

  • have significant capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;

  • have a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society;

  • describe and evaluate regulatory techniques and practices;

  • conduct library and field research into areas of regulator control;

  • present orally and in writing reports of their research.


The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Socio-Legal Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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