Contemporary Issues in Criminology is a seminar series involving teacher and student led seminars. Current issues will be presented and discussed and will depend on the topicality and controversies of the day. Examples of topics may include: internet surveillance and counter terrorism, security, sexual assault and harassment, sentencing and police powers. Students will be expected to undertake library based research, prepare questions and conduct group based presentations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and problem solve contemporary criminological issues;  
  2. Interpret and critique basic criminology statistics and other data;  
  3. Demonstrate ability to collaborate, work in teams and provide peer feedback on projects;  
  4. Evaluate and question the role of policy as a response to contemporary criminological issues  
  5. Communicate and present resolutions to criminological issues to a professional standard.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Contemporary Issue Snapshot 10%
Assignment Critical Review of Carol Bacchi’s WPR policy analysis (1,000 words) 20%
Presentation Group presentation and peer review 30%
Project Briefing paper for the Minister a) Group briefing paper (35%) (2,500 words) b) Individual recommendation (5%) (400 words) 40%

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