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CRI3312 Green Criminology

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Green Criminology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 099903 - Criminology
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Lisa Durnian

Rationale

Interest and concerns about environmental issues and harm has been on the increase over the past few decades. In particular, there has been an upsurge of studies of environmental harm and crime amongst criminologists in more recent times. Criminological studies of environmental harm and/or crime consider the source of environmental harm, the consequences of environmental harm in both the short and long term and the impact of environmental harm on humans, animals and the ecological system. Environmental harm and/or crime is generally associated with profit-driven practices carried out by large corporations. For this reason, green criminology is regarded as a white-collar crime concern. Green criminology is an area of study that incorporates a wide range of considerations from perspectives in law, social science, environmental science and business.

Synopsis

Green criminology is the social scientific study of environmental harm and `crimes against nature'. Criminological studies of environmental harm and/or crime consider the source of environmental harm, the consequences of environmental harm in both the short and long term and the impact of environmental harm on humans, animals and the ecological system. Environmental harm and/or crime is generally associated with profit-driven practices carried out by large corporations. For this reason, green criminology is regarded as a white-collar crime concern. In this course, students will be introduced to the study of green criminology and its application within the context of environmental harm, climate change, animal abuse, biodiversity, waste, and environmental victims. Laws governing environmental use and misuse will also be examined, along with environmental forensic studies and criminal justice responses.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. explain the theoretical concept of green criminology;
  2. describe the cross-disciplinary nature of and responses to environmental harm/crime;
  3. evaluate the legal, social and justice challenges encompassed within the problem of environmental harm/crime;
  4. identify issues associated with environmental harm/crime and propose solutions;
  5. critically appraise the extensive nature of environmental harm/crime, associated with applicable laws, varying types of harm/crime, offenders, victims, and responses;
  6. articulate a critical argument within the scope of green criminological theoretical propositions, demonstrating support for presented arguments through the use of relevant evidence.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Course overview and introduction to Green Criminology 20.00
2. Conceptual and methodological foundations of environmental harm 20.00
3. Environmental harm, offending and offenders 20.00
4. Environmental harm victims 20.00
5. Intervention and prevention 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=CRI3312)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

White, R Heckenberg, D 2014, Green Criminology: An introduction to the study of environmental harm, Routledge, London.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Written Assignment 20 20 29 Mar 2021 1,2,3
Project 1 40 40 29 Apr 2021 1,2,3,5,6
Project 2 40 40 01 Jun 2021 4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide.

    These guides can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 18 June 2021