Courses - Faculty of Arts


Criminology

Stage II

CRIM 200
15 Points

Cultural Criminology

Exposes students to the major concepts and methodological approaches within cultural criminology, a field that is unique in its exploration of the meanings associated with crime and deviance. The course also considers the broader contexts of crime, how powerful groups and media influence criminal justice policies, and the relationship between popular discourses and the nature of social control.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed from BA courses

CRIM 201
15 Points

Debates in Criminology

Presents analysis of criminal behaviour, crime control and community safety. Attention is paid to criminal offending, response and regulation. Examples are drawn from New Zealand and overseas.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, 104, POLITICS 109, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

CRIM 202
15 Points

Contemporary Issues in Punishment

The focus is on contemporary issues in punishment, considering both its purposes and effectiveness. The course explores a range of perspectives drawing on longstanding criminological, sociological and philosophical literatures.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, 104, POLITICS 109, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

CRIM 203
15 Points

The Criminal Mind: Crime and Individual Differences

Examines the phenomena of crime and punishment from a psychological perspective. Particular attention is paid to psychological explanations of crime, the relationship between mental illness and crime, and the role of psychology in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, 104, POLITICS 109, PSYCH 108, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

CRIM 204
15 Points

Critical Studies in Policing

Explores policing in New Zealand and beyond, including its legal and theoretical underpinnings. Critically examine media representations of the police, policing and inequality; police culture, power and accountability; the effects of human rights claims on policing methods and emerging threats to policing both locally and globally.

Prerequisite: 30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, 104, POLITICS 109, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

CRIM 205
15 Points

Crime, Media and Society

The relationship between crime and the media is complex and contradictory. This course investigates this relationship by encouraging students to develop an understanding of how the media help to influence the public views of crime and criminalisation. It will do this by focusing on media portrayals of crime and criminal behaviour, media effects, and theories of media and communication.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Law, Media, Film and Television, Psychology, or Sociology

CRIM 206
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points from MĀORI 130, PHIL 103, 104, POLITICS 109, SOCIOL 100, 101, 103

Stage III

CRIM 301
15 Points

Issues in Criminal Justice

Discusses the workings of the criminal justice system and explores and contextualises classical and emergent approaches to criminal justice, including their legal underpinnings. Practical and theoretical issues will be considered using a case study approach. Emphasis is given to the developing synthesis of criminal and social justice.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 302
15 Points

Criminology: The Indigenous and the Global

Are we all equal before the law? Or, are groups treated differently by the criminal justice system? This course examines, with particular emphasis on indigenous peoples in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, the impact of differential practices on inequalities and collective efforts to achieve social change. Concepts of restorative justice are central to this course.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 303
15 Points

Gender, Crime and Justice

Explores the importance of gender in the study of crime and criminal justice and examines patterns of offending, victimisation and employment in the criminal justice system amongst women and men. Traditional criminology theories and feminist critiques, and the differential treatment of women and men in the criminal justice system as victims, offenders and professionals will be critically examined and evaluated.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 304
15 Points

Key Issues in Restorative Justice

Provides a critical analysis of the restorative justice process as a response to offender behaviour, which will aid an understanding of its place within the wider criminal justice system. A variety of perspectives on restorative justice will be considered, as well as the various practices associated with it, and its effectiveness according to different stakeholders.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 305
15 Points

Victims and Victimology

Explores patterns and theories of victimisation, the position of victims and victimology within criminology, and the representation of victims in the media. Includes case studies of specific types of victimisation such as racial hate crimes and family and sexual violence. Victims’ rights and the position of victims in the criminal justice system and restorative justice will also be examined.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 306
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202

CRIM 307
15 Points

Doing Time: Incarceration and Punishment

Examines punishment and incarceration as a complex social institution informed by a range of social relations and cultural meanings. Explores the way politics shape notions of law and order and also looks at technologies of incarceration. Topics include: history of punishment, theories of incarceration, sentence determination, inmate and staff perspectives on incarceration, youth, refugees, enemy combatant detention centres, penalty regimes.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CRIM 201, 202 or 30 points at Stage II in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: SOCIOL 337

CRIM 308
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

CRIM 700
30 Points

Research in Criminology

Examines the methods of research frequently employed in the field of criminology, and the various epistemological and ethical questions that arise in criminological research, and the connection between theory and research and quantitative and qualitative analytic strategies. Students will complete a research project under supervision.

CRIM 701
30 Points

Criminological Theory

An examination of classical and contemporary theories of crime, including sociological, psychological, medical, rational-choice and critical perspectives on criminology. Attention will be given to the construction of theory as it is informed by social science research; to the social, cultural and political contexts in which these theories have emerged; and to the influence of theories in criminal justice policies.

CRIM 702
30 Points

Advanced Issues in Penology

A survey of issues in penology, describing and interpreting specific penal reform strategies in terms of their historical, social, political and economic context. An appreciation of the main themes within penology will allow a greater understanding of the role that punishment regimes play in society and specifically in the criminal justice system.

CRIM 703
30 Points

Contemporary Criminology

An examination of critical approaches to the study of crime and crime control. Attention will be given to understanding how these approaches critically assess social problems surrounding crime and crime control strategies; the political, social and historical development of varying critical perspectives; and the ways in which such approaches may lead to changes in criminal justice policies and practices.

CRIM 704
30 Points

State Crime

Considers a range of theoretical approaches to criminal acts committed by state officials in pursuit of their jobs as representatives of the state, and state organisational deviance that involves the violation of human rights and is liable to sanction. The course offers a series of case studies of such state crime.

CRIM 705
30 Points

Special Topic

CRIM 706
30 Points

Special Topic

CRIM 707
30 Points

Special Topic

CRIM 708
30 Points

Directed Study

CRIM 709
30 Points

Special Topic

CRIM 710
30 Points

Cybercrime

Exploration of cybercrime and its economic and social impact. The course aims to encourage critical thinking, exploring a range of key theoretical perspectives in criminal justice and their application to cybercrime. It analyses how the Internet may promote criminal behaviour and contribute to the globalisation of crime. It also outlines the challenges of policing cybercrime, evaluating current approaches.

CRIM 780
30 Points

CRIM 780A
15 Points

CRIM 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in CRIM 780 A and B, or CRIM 780

CRIM 796A
60 Points

CRIM 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Criminology with at least a B+ average

To complete this course students must enrol in CRIM 796 A and B

CRIM 797A
60 Points

CRIM 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in CRIM 797 A and B

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