Crime and Society

10 Units

This course is designed to foster a greater insight into, and advanced understanding of, the relationship between the phenomenon of crime and Australian citizens as members of a global society. The course will explore the nature and causes of crime, the goals of the criminal justice system, various types of crime including transnational and international crimes, the experiences of victims within the domestic and international criminal justice systems, the role that social structures and the media play in shaping societal understandings of crime and the link between international human rights norms and the international and domestic criminal justice systems.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge and understanding of the course material
  2. Exercise ability to critique and evaluate the aims and operation of the criminal justice system
  3. Use analytical skills in respect of the materials and arguments presented
  4. Demonstrate advanced development in the skills of legal research, oral and written communication, and critical analysis of primary and secondary legal materials in the preparation of oral and written arguments

This course includes but is not limited to the following topics:  

1. Introduction: Understanding Crime and Interdisciplinary Research

2. Classic and Contemporary Theories of Crime and Governance

3. Aims of the Criminal Justice System

4. The Distribution of Crime in Populations

5. Crime and the Media

6. Inequalities of Crime and Victimisation

7. Crimes of Violence

8. Eco-crime

9. White Collar and Corporate Crime

10. Crime Prevention and Reduction

11. Surveillance

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6003A and LAWS6003B Criminal Law and Procedure
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Conference Abstract
  • Written Assignment: Research Paper

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6022
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