ATS1420 - The global crime problem - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kate Burns


Dr Kate Burns

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Criminology single or double degrees to enrol in this unit.


The unit presents contemporary global challenges for those tasked with responding to crime and criminality. Students will be presented with several topical issues that are key challenges for contemporary governments and non-state actors. The unit is global in focus but relates examples back to concerns found domestically. Students will be immersed in examples of successful and unsuccessful responses to criminal behaviour. Topics may include: terrorism, the war on drugs, organised crime, over-policing and government response to escalating crisis.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. discuss contemporary issues facing governments seeking to regulate human behavior;
  2. identify and explain systemic failures in contemporary criminal justice systems;
  3. collaborate to formulate plans for responding to crime and unwanted behavior;
  4. communicate ideas in academic and professional contexts.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Bachelor of Criminology