Undergraduate | LTU-LST3BIG | 2024
Critical Issues in Criminology
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Critical Issues in Criminology
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the current state of criminological theory, research, and practice and appreciate how the field is evolving in response to contemporary issues.
- Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary criminological research, focusing on its social and political relevance, methodological and ethical quality, theoretical grounding, and practical implications.
- Communicate complex criminological concepts and research findings effectively in both written and oral formats.
- Critically analyse existing policies and propose evidence-based recommendations based on an evaluation of criminological research.
- Demonstrate the capacity to synthesise diverse sources of information, form coherent arguments, and conduct independent research.
- Queer Criminology
- Indigenous and Anti-Colonial Criminology
- Green Criminology
- Cultural Criminology
- Criminology of Mobilities
This subject introduces you to the critical concepts, debates, and challenges shaping criminology today by examining the latest cutting-edge research taking place at La Trobe. In particular, it asks you to consider how criminology is evolving in relation to these critical issues and how this evolution might inform better policy responses to crime and harm. You will study various case studies throughout the semester to understand these shifts in criminological thought and practice. These case studies will be based primarily on innovative research conducted by scholars at La Trobe. These scholars will contribute to the subject by presenting their work for you to analyse and providing you with first-hand insight into the latest developments in criminology. In tutorials and assessments, you will engage with, analyse, and critically evaluate this research, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the current state of criminological theory, research, and practice. By the end of the semester, you will have a firm grasp of the critical issues shaping criminology and be well-prepared to contribute to this dynamic field.
This is a level 3 subject. Please consider the subject pre-requisites before enrolling. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Policy submission (1500 words) (30%)
- Research essay (1800 words) (30%)
- Group presentation (500 words equivalent) (20%)
- Online quizzes (700 words equivalent) (20%)
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Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of level 2 Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, Law, or Criminology subjects.
No additional requirements
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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