ACR202 - Criminology Theory

Unit details

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:

ASL209, ASL309

Unit Chair:Mark Wood
Cohort rule:

Nil

Prerequisite:

Students must complete 4 credit points at any level including ACR101 and ACR102

Corequisite:

 Nil

Incompatible with:

ASL209, ASL309

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit introduces the major theories of criminology which have informed research, legislative and law enforcement debates in Western jurisdictions since the eighteenth century. It examines the role of theory and critical research questions which attempt to explain why crime has occurred, and the structure and functions of the various aspects of the criminal justice system and its agents. A combination of theoretical and applied examples is provided in order to illustrate the importance of, and contradictions between, various theoretical approaches informing our understanding of crime in contemporary society.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1

Critically engage with your own ideas about the theoretical approaches to crime and criminality, and demonstrate an ability to evaluate your ideas against set criteria

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

ULO2

Summarise and critically analyse key theories in criminology, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical approaches

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

ULO3

Critically analyse the relationship between criminological theory and the criminal justice system, in light of various contemporary institutional and political factors

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research and Writing Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Online Exercises 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACR202
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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