CRIM2006/CRIM6006- Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents
Around the world, the vast majority of crime and antisocial behaviour is committed by young people. This course will introduce students to developmental criminology as a foundation for understanding the causes and correlates of youth offending and antisocial behaviour across the life-course. In doing so, the course will review leading theories and etiological causes of youth offending and antisocial behaviour, with an eye towards how this research may inform crime reduction policies and prevention strategies (i.e., evidenced-based policies and practices). A major component of this course will be understanding how theories and policies covered in this course apply to the significant and ongoing debate in Australia regarding how to best respond to youth offending through policy and the juvenile justice system.
SOCR8201- Introduction to Social Science Methods and Types of Data
This course provides an introduction to the main empirical social science methods, types of data, and techniques for collecting social science data. The course will provide students with the skills to apply social science methods to the generation and analysis of data to inform policy, business and service delivery decisions.
Content will cover: overview of main social and behavioural theories (rational choice; nudge and behavioural insights; complexity theory), introduction to research design (observational designs; intervention and experimental designs and action research), techniques for collecting data (quantitative surveys; qualitative interviews; behavioural and experience methods), measurement issues, participatory approaches to research, vulnerable populations, and ethics and privacy considerations.