University of Technology Sydney

76012 Criminology

Requisite(s): 70218 Criminal Law OR 70114 Criminal Law and Procedure
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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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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