Global Criminologies

Subject CRIM30002 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Criminology at Levels 1 & 2

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr. David McDonald

Subject Overview:

This subject examines crime and deviance from global and comparative perspectives and on a global scale. A new area of criminological research, Global Criminologies 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 committed 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 and comparative locations and will engage with up to the minute criminological research 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'.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.

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 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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • 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.

Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students

Related Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Criminology Major
Socio-legal Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Criminology

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