CRIM12008 - Crime and Control

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Systems of social control can possess a different character depending on whether you are a proponent of regulation or the subject of it. In this unit you will explore the ideas of conformity and delinquency through the lens of regulatory and systems theories in order to understand the impact of the criminal justice system on non-conforming members of society. Regulatory standards change over time and you will consider the history of moral and social regulation and achieve an appreciation of the influence of changing social mores on the criminal justice system, on outsiders and on marginalised communities. These mechanisms of control, both formal and informal, involve an intersection of criminal justice with other disciplines and agencies such as mental health or public planning. In contrast you will also examine the role of other regulatory systems, such as human rights and civil liberties, in protecting individuals from authoritarian control. During this unit you will debate a gamut of different issues including regulation of sexuality, drug use (illicit and legal drugs), control of youth cultures, hate crime, causing offense and supporting terrorism.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 40%
2. Presentation 10%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse how different concepts of delinquency and social order define the regulatory role of the criminal justice system
  2. Appraise the situation of socially marginalised people who are subject to systems of authoritarian control
  3. Explain the social, historical and cultural intersection of systems of control originating in different disciplines and institutions
  4. Identify cases of social control and critically examine the regulatory foundation and assessment of risk
  5. Use regulatory theory to examine the methods by which societies seek to control behaviour through criminal law and consider balancing protections such as human rights.

No external accreditation is relevant to this award.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Case Study
2 - Presentation
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Case Study
2 - Presentation
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books