SOCI218-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Crime and Justice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course examines the development of criminological theory, before moving to consider crime in New Zealand itself. The final section of the course deals with corrections and the criminal justice system.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH, CRJU, LAWS, or
SOCI, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


SOCI318, CRJU201

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator

Marozane Spamers


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 06 May 2022 40% 3500 words
Weekly online 10% Weeks 2-11
Final examination 50% 3 hours - Date to be advised

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOCI218 Occurrences

  • SOCI218-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022