University of Technology Sydney

76012 Criminology

Requisite(s): ((70218 Criminal Law OR 70114 Criminal Law and Procedure)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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This subject introduces students to the study of criminology, a multidisciplinary field that focuses on crime, penalty and imprisonment. Criminologists draw from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, science, law, philosophy, politics, cultural studies and history. Criminologists study the construction of ‘crime’, the causes of crime, crime prevention, the theoretical and ideological underpinnings of the criminal justice system, and the impacts of criminalisation on individuals and communities. This subject critically interrogates both the criminal justice system and criminology itself.

In this subject, students explore the research of various theorists and scholars and in particular focus on analyses of the impact of various factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and colonisation on the construction of crime and the criminal justice system's response to crime.

Students use classical, contemporary and emerging theories in order to consider why and how crimes are constructed and occur, and the nature of just and innovative responses to criminal offending. The multidisciplinary nature of criminology means that criminologists utilise a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to investigate these issues. The subject contextualises criminological theory through guest lectures by people with lived experience, research and debate as well as analysis of contemporary and evolving issues such as corporate and state crimes (including deaths in custody), the criminalisation of coercive control and the cost of imprisonment. Students also complete their own research project, applying relevant criminological theory to a crime issue of their choosing.

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