Crime, Deviance, and Social Transformation

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime, Deviance, and Social Transformation

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to research in criminology in global and local contexts, addressing debates related to crime, deviance and social transformation from a sociological viewpoint.

    The paper addresses a wide range of crime-related topics from a sociological viewpoint. We will problematise "crime" as a social phenomenon and interrogate social meanings attributed to criminal activity. The paper will familiarise students with historical and current debates related to crime and deviance and introduce them to research in criminology in both global and local contexts. The paper will also take into account a range of themes related to popular protest, collective resistance and social transformation. With particular reference to the Sociology programme at the University of Otago, this paper serves as a useful primer for many of the papers that are offered at the 200 and 300 levels.

    Course Structure
    The course covers three main topics:
    -Crime: Key concepts and theoretical approaches
    -Types of crime
    -Crime control and prevention: top-down and bottom-up approaches

    Learning Outcomes
    -Demonstrate clear understanding of historical conceptions of crime and punishment
    -Understand and be able to apply different theoretical approaches to the study of crime
    -Distinguish between different types of crime
    -Gain an in-depth understanding of top-down and bottom-up approaches to crime control and prevention
    -Understand the relationship between crime, popular resistance and social transformation

    Text books are not required for this paper.
    Reading material will be made available on Blackboard or placed on reserve at the Central Library.

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