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LAWS2050 – Crime, Policy and Governance

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Kate Gleeson
Contact via See Ilearn
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
60cp including LAWS1010 or LEX101 or LEX102 or PICT101 or PICT103 or PICT1030 or LAW109 or LAWS1300
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit explores dynamic public policy development in relation to crime. It examines how governance frameworks (including legal and regulatory institutions) endeavour to regulate conduct by individuals and corporations, and how these frameworks aim to promote public interests and community welfare. Students will analyse the impact of various stakeholders in the criminal justice system on policy formulation, including in relation to corporate, environmental and moral crimes. They will be challenged to critically analyse real-world reform initiatives and to appreciate how criminological expertise and modern concepts in governance theory (such as reintegrative shaming, responsive regulation and restorative justice) are articulated in legal and policy-making forums.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Describe and critique how legal institutions and governance frameworks endeavour to regulate the conduct of individuals and corporations in relation to activities that impact on community welfare and the public interest
  • ULO2: Analyse and apply modern theories of criminal justice (restorative justice, responsive regulation and reintegrative shaming)
  • ULO3: Conduct interdisciplinary research in criminology in the course of developing problem-solving skills, and identify the role played by these disciplines in influencing legal processes and policy-making forums
  • ULO4: Critique current policy initiatives in relation to crime through the application of established theoretical frameworks

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online quizzes 20% No 6/8; 20/8; 3/9; 1/10.
Research Report 40% No 23:59, 27/9/2021
Take Home Exam 40% No 4-5 November 2021.

Online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 6/8; 20/8; 3/9; 1/10.
Weighting: 20%

 

Regular quizzes based on the unit content

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critique how legal institutions and governance frameworks endeavour to regulate the conduct of individuals and corporations in relation to activities that impact on community welfare and the public interest
  • Analyse and apply modern theories of criminal justice (restorative justice, responsive regulation and reintegrative shaming)

Research Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 45 hours
Due: 23:59, 27/9/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will be required to submit a research paper on an assigned topic which consolidates their learning in the unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critique how legal institutions and governance frameworks endeavour to regulate the conduct of individuals and corporations in relation to activities that impact on community welfare and the public interest
  • Analyse and apply modern theories of criminal justice (restorative justice, responsive regulation and reintegrative shaming)
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research in criminology in the course of developing problem-solving skills, and identify the role played by these disciplines in influencing legal processes and policy-making forums
  • Critique current policy initiatives in relation to crime through the application of established theoretical frameworks

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 4-5 November 2021.
Weighting: 40%

 

Open book take-home exam of short questions covering topics discussed in the unit

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critique how legal institutions and governance frameworks endeavour to regulate the conduct of individuals and corporations in relation to activities that impact on community welfare and the public interest
  • Analyse and apply modern theories of criminal justice (restorative justice, responsive regulation and reintegrative shaming)
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research in criminology in the course of developing problem-solving skills, and identify the role played by these disciplines in influencing legal processes and policy-making forums
  • Critique current policy initiatives in relation to crime through the application of established theoretical frameworks

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit requires students to listen online (through Echo360) a weekly one-hour lecture. Students are also expected to attend a one-hour tutorial each week.  There is no required textbook. Weekly readings are available through Leganto (link available via the iLearn site).

Before listening to the weekly live lecture, students are required to access the unit's iLearn page to review online content such as videos (of approximately one hour) and read the assigned readings.

Before you listen to the first lecture on 27 July 2021, you should have logged onto iLearn and viewed the assigned weekly online content of approximately an hour, and read the assigned weekly readings.

Unit Schedule

 

Week 

Commencing

Lecture 

Tutorial 

Assessment task

26 July 

Are we all criminals? 

Are we all criminals?

 

2 August

Why punish?

Why punish?

Quiz

9 August

Failures of criminal justice.

Failures of criminal justice.

 

16 August

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

Quiz

23 August

Reintegrative Shaming

Reintegrative Shaming

 

30 August 

Responsive Regulation

Responsive Regulation

Quiz 

6 September

Environmental and corporate crimes

Environmental and corporate crimes

 

13 September

Break

 

 

20 September

Break

 

 

27 September

Children’s Court

Children’s Court 

Essay/ Quiz

4 October

Drug Court

Drug Court

 

11 October 

Koori Courts

Koori Courts 

 

18 October

Limits of RJ - DV

Limits of RJ - DV

 

25 October

Transitional justice 

Transitional justice 

 

1 November

No Lecture

No  tutorial

Take Home Exam.

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.