Comparative Criminology

Subject CRIM30009 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Levels 1 & 2

Non Allowed Subjects:

166-305 Comparative Criminology

Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr. Natalia Hanley

Subject Overview:

Criminology inherently is a comparative endeavour. Core criminological questions about the relationship between gender and crime, the effectiveness of criminal justice institutions and the intersections between culture and crime can and have been addressed in reference to comparison- historical, geographical, political- and so on. Comparative criminology seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of comparative work through case studies in areas such as policing, juvenile justice, imprisonment, people trafficking and capital punishment. We will investigate these case studies in reference to key conceptual frameworks including sovereignty, cultural relativism and globalisation.

  • Understand the history of comparative criminological theory and practice.
  • Comprehend critically the tools and methods of analysis adopted in comparative criminological work.
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of comparative criminological inquiry.
  • Acquire detailed knowledge of a number of comparative case studies.

A 2,000 word essay (50%) due mid-semester, and a 2,000 word essay (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum Hurdle Requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. 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 reading pack will be available online via the subject LMS site.

Recommended Texts:
  • Howard, G. and Newman, G. (2001) Varieties of Comparative Criminology, Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Mannheim, H. (1965) Comparative Criminology: A Text Book, Routledge Kegan Paul.
  • Reichel, P.J., 2005, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, 4th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
  • Sheptycki, J. and Wardak, A. (eds) (2005), Transnational and Comparative Criminology, GlassHouse, London.
Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:
  • Have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally.
  • Have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications.
  • Have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

This subject is available as Breadth to all non-Bachelor of Arts Students

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Criminology Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Criminology

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