The Crimes of the Powerful - 2018

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Unit summary

PICX862

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - assessment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 - assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 3,311.00
International 3,561.00

This unit focuses on crimes committed by the most powerful individuals and institutions: white collar crimes, corporate crimes and state crimes. From the Nazi death camps of WWII, to the Bhopal and BHP Gulf oil spill environmental disasters of more recent decades, the most harmful crimes are not those committed by offenders on the ‘street’, but rather by individuals and organisations occupying the most influential and privileged positions in our societies. This unit reorients the criminological gaze upwards, away from traditional street offenders and towards the most powerful criminals who occupy corporate boardrooms, parliaments and military organisations. Students will explore contemporary examples of each of these types of offence, examine the characteristics of powerful offenders, and address why crimes of this magnitude often go unaddressed by both contemporary criminologists and our systems of criminal justice.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to;

  1. identify and interpret different types of ‘crimes of the powerful’ such as war crimes, white collar crimes, and environmental crimes.
  2. explain the incidence of ‘the crimes of the powerful’ using key criminological concepts and theories.
  3. evaluate and analyse policy responses to illegal activities such as white collar crime, environmental crime, corporate crimes and state crimes.
  • Assignment 1 — assessment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — assessment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — assessment 4 (10%)

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