Comparative Criminology (6592.4)
|Level:||Undergraduate Third Year Level|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline:||School of Law & Justice|
This unit is no longer offered. Information may be available for Units in the following years:
- Version 1 - Start Date: 01/01/2005 End Date: 31/12/2006
- Version 3 - Start Date: 01/01/2009 End Date: 31/12/2012
- Version 4 - Start Date: 01/01/2013 End Date: 31/12/2015
- Version 2 - Start Date: 01/01/2007 End Date: 31/12/2008
The unit provides an historical and sociological examination of how crime and justice are understood and responded to in a range of legal traditions. It places the development of law into an international perspective. Examples of topics may include: Notions of 'justice' and 'crime' in different legal traditions; Babylonian, Hebrew, Greek and Roman legal cultures; Canon law and the Inquisition; Development of distinctions between public and private law, criminal, civil and protective jurisdictions; Development of jury systems; Magna Carta and the erosion of royal authority; the development of policing and prosecutorial bodies; the French Revolution and the development of the Napoleonic Code; The development of corporate identities and legal liabilities; The role of constitutions in defining and controlling judicial authority.
- Students doing this course should deepen their understanding of a range of legal traditions, develop an appreciation of the way policing, prosecution, punishment, pardon and other aspects of justice are conceived and institutionalised within different legal traditions;
- history and practices;
- demonstrate an ability to carry out comparative analysis of legal cultures and traditions;
- as well as improve their skills in accessing and interpreting academic literature in criminal justice and criminology;
- enhance skills in thinking critically about social issues, and enhance skills in planning and carrying out empirical research.
3 hours per week