Global Criminology

Subject CRIM30002 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Criminology at Levels 1 & 2
Non Allowed Subjects: 191-311 Global Criminology
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Mark Brown


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'.

  • understand the key contours of criminological research and debate on global issues relating to crime, justice and punishment.
  • understand how criminology's theoretical and analytical tools have been applied to the study of crime in the global context.
  • should be able to demonstrate this understanding during discussion in tutorials and in written assessment tasks.

A written essay of 2000 words (50%) due mid-semester and a 2000 word take-home test (50%) due during the examination period.

This subject has a minimum Hurdle Requirement of 75% Tutorial attendance. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment or sit the final examination. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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.
Notes: Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Criminology Major
Socio-legal Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Criminology

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