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Crime and Politics: Myths and Realities (6 points)


Leader: Dr Colleen Lewis

Caulfield Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit focuses on why the control and prevention of crime has come to occupy such a prominent position on the political and public agenda. It analyses what is meant by crime control and crime prevention and examines the positive and negative influences key players have in defining: (A) the types of behaviour which are defined as criminal, (B)the sanctions imposed on those found guilty of an offence; and (C) the form of punishment imposed by the state. Attention will be given to examining why some well researched, rational crime control and crime prevention strategies are seemingly ignored by policy makers while other policies which are based on flawed assumptions are implemented.

Assessment: Class presentation (equivalent of 500 words): 10% + Class participation: 10% + Research essay (2000 words): 40% + 2 hour examination: 40%

Contact Hours: 2 contact hours (one hour lecture and one hour tutorial)

Prerequisites: CJC1001/1002 (These units are prerequisites ONLY if the student wishes to undertake a CJC major or minor. This unit can be taken as an elective without any prerequisites.)

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