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SOCI312 Crime, Technology and Social Change

Explores the changing relationships between technology, social media, crime and law enforcement practices.

SOCI312 explores the changing relationships between technology, social media, crime and law enforcement practices.

This paper begins by exploring how cyberspace has changed how people commit traditional crimes; while also exploring how the digital arena has opened up avenues for entirely new types of criminal activity. The paper will then explore how law enforcement has adopted the use of new technologies, with particular attention paid to debates around surveillance and privacy in the online realm. This paper finishes by exploring theoretical understandings of representations of crime in traditional media, before we explore the shift to social media and how we make sense of crime and justice in the contemporary digital era.

Paper title Crime, Technology and Social Change
Paper code SOCI312
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level SOCI points or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited with SOCI 304 taken in 2019 and 2021
Eligibility

18 200-level SOCI points or 108 points

Contact

sgsc@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour

Paper Structure

This paper has three modules which will examine, respectively, the impacts of technological development on:

  • Criminal actions
  • Law enforcement
  • Representations of crime.
Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures per week, plus a weekly tutorial.

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Communication, Critical Thinking, Scholarship


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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper, students will:

  • Develop a broad knowledge of key perspectives and debates around crime, technology and social control.
  • Understand how technology has shaped criminality.
  • Understand how technology has shaped crime control practices and perspectives.
  • Understand the impacts of social media on understandings of crime and crime control.
  • Through this use of theory and method, be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake critical thinking and reflection.

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-40
A2 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
A3 Monday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40