CRIM 703

Contemporary Criminology

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for CRIM 703.



Moving from an 'inside-the-Pacific region-out' perspective, this course offers a contemporary criminological examination of five 'governmentalities': namely of 'scientific positivism', 'racial imperial colonialism', 'mass industrialisation and consumerism', 'religious and ethnic fanaticism' and 'liberal/neo-liberal governance'. Attention will be given to how these 'governmentalities' imagine crime and crime control strategies in different social control areas, from climate change in the Pacific to international terrorism, 'market crime' and normalised gendered and sexual discrimination.

Course objectives:

By the end of this course, students should:

  • Be familiar with Michel Foucault's theses on 'governmentality', 'discipline and punishment', 'knowledge/power', and 'science and knowledge';
  • Be familiar with literature related to the racialization of imperial colonialism;
  • Be familiar with literature related to positivist science and its critiques;
  • Be familiar with literature related to the idea of crime in 'market societies' characterised by mass industrialisation and consumerism;
  • Be familiar with literature on the relationship between religious and ethnic fanaticism and liberal/neo-liberal governance;
  • Understand the relevance of these topics to a reflexive contemporary, critical and applied criminology;
  • Understand some of the policy implications that may flow from these topics and from viewing them from different theoretical lenses;
  • Be able to write a 5,000 word (max) academic criminology essay of publishable standard on a topic of contemporary significance.

To achieve the course objectives listed above students will need to:

  • Attend and participate in each weekly class;
  • Attend the two scheduled field-trips;
  • Read and understand each assigned reading;
  • Complete and submit five (5) short (500 words max) KCQ (Key Concept & Question) Sheets (worth 25% in total or 5% each);
  • Complete and submit two (2) reflexive fieldtrip narratives (1000 words max each)(worth 10% each);
  • Produce a 1,200 word (max) annotated bibliography based on proposed essay topic (worth 10%);
  • Deliver a 15-20 minute in-class oral presentation based on proposed essay topic (worth 15%);
  • Submit a 5,000 word (max, exclusive of reference list) essay (worth 30%).

 There is no exam for this course. It is 100% course assessed.

Availability 2022

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Sailau Suaali-Sauni


CRIM 703: 30 points