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Explaining Crime - LAWS6048

Year - 2020

This unit examines the relevance of theory to the process of explaining crime as a social phenomenon. It will selectively analyse the history of criminological thought. Special attention will be given to the cross-disciplinary nature of efforts to understand crime, criminality and their causes. A significant section of the unit will deal with contemporary approaches to criminological explanation including the influence of feminism and postmodernism. Contemporary theorists such as Foucault, Garland and Braithwaite will also be considered. The unit will endeavour to make explicit the links between criminological theory and the development of public policy.

1x2-hr lecture/week

class presentation (10%), assignment (30%), and 3500-4000wd essay (60%)

Additional information
Core unit for MCrim and GradDipCrim students and co-requisite for other criminology elective units. Academic Profile The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Elaine Fishwick
HECS Band: 1
Courses that offer this unit

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