Critically evaluate criminological theory and empirical research for crime policy and practice. Study crime and the urban environment, control and rational choice theories, inequality and opportunity, and social reactions to crime.
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After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
Critically evaluate criminological theory and related empirical research
Summarize central criminological constructs and methodological approaches for operationalizing and testing these constructs to evaluate criminological theory
Evaluate the implications of criminological theory and research for crime policy and practice
Acquire and improve core skills and competencies relevant to criminology, and in line with the Griffith graduate, including: Conduct the criminological research necessary to produce independent written work that highlights key knowledge and identifies relevant knowledge gaps; Summarise extensive literature; Critical evaluation of academic literature and research; Academic writing; Manage time and multiple projects.
This subject helps students develop deep understanding of the organising categories and central claims of a range of modern criminological perspectives of criminology. The main problems, questions and ideas that have shaped modern criminological thought are explored and attention is paid throughout to the contexts that shape the emergence and reception of modern criminological theory and to the modes of social intervention that different criminological perspectives expressly or implicitly propose. Topics covered will vary from year to year but are likely to include: crime and the urban environment, developmental and control theories, routine activities and rational choice theories, crime, inequality and opportunity, crime and culture, and social reactions to crime.