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Comparative Criminology (6592.4)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice



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    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. 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;
    2. history and practices;
    3. demonstrate an ability to carry out comparative analysis of legal cultures and traditions;
    4. as well as improve their skills in accessing and interpreting academic literature in criminal justice and criminology;
    5. enhance skills in thinking critically about social issues, and enhance skills in planning and carrying out empirical research.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week



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