12 x 2-hour workshops weekly
1 Admission into HBCRIM-Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)
1a Admission into HBLS-Bachelor of Law and Society (Honours)
1b Admission into HBA-CRIM-Criminology
1c Admission into HBA-LWSO-Law and Society
1d Admission into CRIM-HP-Criminology
1e Admission into LWSO-HP-Law and Society
1f Admission into BCRIMH-Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CRIM7201A, CRIM7201B has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Tutorial presentation, Tutorial participation
Topic description
In this topic, students will examine and analyse a range of major approaches to understanding crime and legal institutions and will be invited to reflect on potential applications in practice. The approach taken requires students to look thematically at criminological or socio-legal explanations for social problems as well as to study one or two problems in depth. Students will be expected to read intensively for their research essay and show competence in the analysis of case studies by using adequate theoretical underpinning. They will also be expected to understand the policy implications of the different theories examined, including some of the shortcomings associated with particular policy responses. Students will be expected to link theory to practical and empirical cases.
Educational aims
  • This topic is intended to provide students with an intensive exposure to criminological and socio-legal research. It will assist in the development of competencies supportive of knowledgeable civic engagement. It will arm students with tools for unpacking policy into theoretical or ideological assumptions. It will prepare students for engagement for masters or doctoral level study in criminology or socio-legal studies.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

Apply knowledge of key theoretical debates and schools of thought in criminology and social legal studies

Provide an analysis of one or more key theoretical debates and schools of thought in criminology and socio-legal studies

Contextualize, outline, and be able to explain the key policy issues in a range of contemporary policy areas related to crime and justice

Critique the policy arguments arising from the above issues drawing from an advanced literature review

Conduct advanced research using tools relevant to criminological or socio-legal theory

Analyse and write in depth upon a particular research theme in the field

Discuss and explain ideas and debates within contemporary disciplinary boundaries