Crime and Australian Society

Course code LAWS5034Units 10Level 5000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature of crime, theories of crime (eg. classical theory, strain theory and labelling perspectives), the purpose and aims of the criminal justice system, policing and law enforcement, victims of the criminal justice system, crime prevention and reduction as well as the relationship between human rights and the criminal justice system.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the course material;
2. Exercise critical thinking in respect of the criminological materials covered;
3. Use analytical skills in respect of the materials and arguments presented;
4. Research primary and secondary legal data in the preparation of oral and written arguments;
5. Demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills.
ContentThis course includes but is not limited to the following topics:
1. Introduction: Understanding Crime
2. Origins of Criminology and Theories of Crime
3. Aims of the Criminal Justice System
4. The distribution of crime over populations, space and time.
5. Crime and the Media
6. Inequalities of Crime and Victimisation
7. Crime in the Streets and Home
8. Hate Crimes
9. White Collar and Corporate Crime
10. Cyber Crime and Bullying
11. Gender and Crime
12. Indigenous Peoples and Crime
13. Crime Prevention and Reduction and the Future of Offender Rehabilitation
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B (or equivalents), LAWS4001, LAWS4011.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResearch Paper 3,500 words in length
Group/tutorial participation and contributionSeminar Participation
Presentations - ClassWritten summary of presentation
Presentations - IndividualOral presentation on topics
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.