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Advances in Criminological Research (CRIM90019)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCRIM90019
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Criminology draws its frameworks for inquiry and understanding from a wide range of intellectual traditions and contemporary conceptualisations. This subject provides accounts of contemporary developments in the construction and application of theory in criminal justice and related settings. with a focus on areas of innovation in policy and practice. It is axiomatic that practice in criminal justice ought to be founded on strong theoretical grounds, but this often is not the case. Drawing upon a range of enduring and emerging formulations, the subject explains and tests the relationships between theory and practice in criminal justice. Topics to be covered are drawn from a list which includes restorative justice, offender rehabilitation and desistance, developmental crime prevention, surveillance and control, community and intersectoral policing developments, risk prediction and offender classification, and antisocial behaviour orders.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • comprehend the sources and varieties of theory formation of relevance to criminological inquiry;
  • develop a sophisticated understanding of the relationships between theory construction, research and criminal justice practices;
  • explore in detail topical criminal justice practices and interventions in the context of their underlying theoretical and research foundations;
  • analyse and articulate critically the nexus between theory, research and practice in criminal justice across a wide range of settings.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;
  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;
  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.

Last updated: 12 December 2018