An introduction to research in criminology in global and local contexts, addressing debates related to crime, deviance and social transformation from a sociological viewpoint.
The paper addresses a wide range of crime-related topics from a sociological viewpoint. We will problematise "crime" as a social phenomenon and interrogate social meanings attributed to criminal activity. The paper will familiarise students with historical and current debates related to crime and deviance and introduce them to research in criminology in both global and local contexts. The paper will also take into account a range of themes related to popular protest, collective resistance and social transformation. With particular reference to the Sociology programme at the University of Otago, this paper serves as a useful primer for many of the papers that are offered at the 200- and 300-levels.
|Paper title||Crime, Deviance and Social Transformation|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music,
- Suitable for undergraduate students interested in criminology from the viewpoint of disciplines such as sociology, social work, law, history, psychology and politics.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers three main topics:
- Crime: Key concepts and theoretical approaches
- Types of crime
- Crime control and prevention: Top-down and bottom-up approaches
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two 50-minute lectures per week
One 50-minute tutorial per week
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Reading material will be made available on Blackboard or placed on reserve at the Central Library.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will
- Demonstrate clear understanding of historical conceptions of crime and punishment
- Understand and be able to apply different theoretical approaches to the study of crime
- Distinguish between different types of crime
- Gain an in-depth understanding of top-down and bottom-up approaches to crime control and prevention
- Understand the relationship between crime, popular resistance and social transformation