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|
|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.|
- 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 Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology's website
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour
- Paper Structure
The paper covers crime knowledge, crime types and differential experiences of crime and justice. It explores the sociology of crime and deviance; then moves to critical approaches that examines crime, victimization and criminalization in terms of class, gender and race.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two 50-minute lectures per week
One 50-minute tutorial per week
White, Rob, Haines, Fiona and Asquith, Nicole L. (2017). Crime & Criminology. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
Stanley, Elizabeth; Bradley, Trevor and Monod de Froidville, Sarah (2022). The Aotearoa Handbook of Criminology. Auckland University Press: Auckland.
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;
- Understand alternative perspectives on criminal justice; such as decolonising, feminist and critical approaches.