Criminology and Public Policy

Subject 191-302 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 25 points of Level 1 Criminology, and 37.5 points of Level 2 Criminology, or 12.5 points of Levels 1 & 2 Sociology.
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 Adam Crosbie Sutton


to be advised
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.
  • understand economic, political and other forces affecting crime policy in contemporary Australia;
  • understand challenges associated with trying to apply criminological theory in policy contexts;
  • be aware of contemporary debates concerning the modern state, social control and the role of criminal law and criminal justice;
  • be able to analyse and discuss attempts within Australia to reform crime policies.
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
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, 191-003 and 191-302. Students who have completed 191-202, 191-003 or 191-302 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Criminology and Public Policy is a compulsory requirement for the completion of a Criminology major for students who commenced the BA in 2008.

This subject is not available as a Breadth subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Criminology Major
Socio-legal Studies Major
Sociology Major

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