In the recent decade, the field of criminology has taken up the study of borders and the increasing criminalisation of migration. The course will examine key theoretical concepts of crimmigration and borders, such as border securitisation, deportation, illegalised travel, border performativity and othering. These theoretical concepts will be integrated with current issues of crimmigration, including the refugee "crisis", immigration detention, border policing and the state's role in crimmigration. The course will integrate the roles of gender, race, sexuality and class on border making and policing. Students will engage with current issues of crimmigration and be able to identify how law, policies and discourses are related to the mechanisms of border control.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret and transmit the international and Australian criminological debate concerning border control, crimmigration and a detailed knowledge of key topics and key scholars in the field;  
  2. Analyse critically the contemporary policies of border control in different contexts;  
  3. Research and apply criminological understanding of border police, the role and functioning of administrative detention and deportation, and the use of criminal law in border control.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography 2,000-word (Group) 20%
Report 2,500-word report (Individual) 50%
Presentation 15-minute presentation (Group) 30%

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