Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit will examine the way in which Criminology has dealt with racial and ethnic difference and inequality in crime and criminal justice. Students will be introduced to a range of theoretical paradigms and empirical approaches for identifying and understanding difference and discrimination. In addition the unit will examine: trends and patterns of offending and victimisation; a range of different Criminological approaches to measuring and understanding such patterns; experiences of criminalisation and discrimination in criminal justice systems nationally and internationally for Indigenous and other culturally and linguistically diverse groups; the increasing and disproportionate representation of Aboriginal people and other culturally and ethnically diverse groups in the criminal justice system.


Upon successful completion of the subject, students will have developed:

  1. awareness of race, ethnicity and other social categories as historically changing constructs;
  2. awareness of the key ways racism and discrimination can be identified and/or measured, and the implications of these measurements;
  3. awareness of the key implications of a post-colonial framework for Criminology when studying Aboriginal Australians experiences within historical and contemporary criminal justice contexts;
  4. the skills to analyse and apply a variety of theoretical perspectives on race, ethnicity, difference and inequality to questions of crime and justice;
  5. the ability to present a fluid and logical argument about the role of discrimination and inequality (with focus on race and ethnicity) in crime and criminal justice.


Tutorial participation: 10%
Group presentation: 10%
Essay proposal: 10%
Major essay: 30%
Exam: 40%

Contact hours

1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week

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