Crime, Punishment and Society (SCLG2634)


The unit introduces students to the analysis of crime, detection and punishment in their historical, social, political and cultural contexts. It discusses the major theoretical perspectives on the explanation of crime as well as the role and functions of punishment. It examines a range of issues in understanding crime and criminal justice, including the cultural life of crime, forensic knowledge, policing and prisons, and youth and juvenile justice.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation (10%) and 500wd paper and tutorial facilitation (20%) and 1500wd Essay (30%) and 2500wd Take-home exercise (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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(12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, SLSS, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, LAW1100, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013)



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