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SOCI103 Crime, Deviance and Social Transformation

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. 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
Paper code SOCI103
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Suitable for undergraduate students interested in criminology from the viewpoint of disciplines such as sociology, social work, law, history, psychology and politics.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour

Paper Structure

The paper covers three main topics:

  • Criminology: Key concepts and theoretical approaches
  • Exploring Crime
  • Responses to Crime: Exploring the Criminal Justice System
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures per week
One 50-minute tutorial per week

Required: White, Rob, Haines, Fiona and Asquith, Nicole L. (2017). Crime & Criminology. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

Supplementary 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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-40
T2 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
T3 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40
T4 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-40
T5 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40
T6 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-40
T7 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
T8 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40
T9 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-40
T10 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-40
T11 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
T12 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
T13 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40
T14 Friday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-40
T15 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
T16 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-40
T17 Friday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 36-40
T18 Friday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40
T19 Friday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
T20 Friday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-40