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)||$929.55|
|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.
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- 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