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This course introduces students to the principal theories of crime and applies those theories to an understanding of crime in New Zealand.
The Crime and Justice course covers three separate areas, beginning with the evolution of ideas about crime and deviance in the modern world. After tracing the emergence of beliefs from as far back as Greek times, section one considers the 20th Century in some depth, examining the changes in notions about crime and the reasons for their transience. The section closes with a consideration of modern 'critical' criminology and why it grew popular when it did.The second section is concerned with specific aspects of crime and justice in New Zealand. It examines the dimensions of crime in its various forms, how these changed in the last century and how they compare with other countries. The manner in which the definitions and incidence of crime have been influenced by the political economy lies behind the factual analysis.The last section of the course deals with corrections, tracing the development of criminal justice through history, and considering how conceptions of punishment have changed in New Zealand over the past one hundred years in particular. Finally, the section examines whether, and to what extent, corrections are able to deal effectively with criminals.
By the end of this course students will have:An understanding of the development of theoretical perspectives of crime and deviance over time.An awareness of the practical aspects of crime and justice in New Zealand, as compared to other countries.An understanding of the changing conceptions of punishment through history and the role of corrections in New Zealand.Increased competency in the areas of critical thinking, comprehension, and academic writing skills specific to the study of crime and justice.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Any 15 points at 100 level in SOCI, ANTH, CRJU, orLAWS, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Assessment is likely to consist of weekly quizzes, essays and a final examination.The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.
Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand
M. Miller, C. Schreck, R. Tewksbury;
Criminological theory: a brief introduction
The Problem of Prisons: Corrections Reform in New Zealand since 1840
J. Gilbert, G. Newbold;
Criminal Justice: a New Zealand introduction
Auckland University Press, 2017.
T.J Bernard, J.B. Snipes, A.L Gerould, G.B Vold;
Vold's Theoretical Criminology
Oxford University Press, 2019.
Domestic fee $799.00
International fee $3,600.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Faculty of Law