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    SOCI A802F
    Criminology and Penology: Theory and Application
    SOCI A802F
    Criminology and Penology: Theory and Application

    Course Coordinator: Dr Vincent Cheng, MPhil, PhD (HKU)

    Important notes
    This course will be taught via face-to-face mode. Lectures will be held on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

    SOCI A802F aims to make students appreciate that the understanding of crime and punishment has been very much affected by wider social, cultural, economic and political factors. The course also introduces students to the major theories and perspectives on crime and punishment, and how they can be used to in explain and control different types of crimes arising in the context of the information society and the knowledge economy. These include the use of ICTs, youth crime, the illicit drug trade, human trafficking, etc. Towards the end of the course, students are expected to be able to assess the applicability of major theories and perspectives to the understanding of crime and its control in the context of late modern society.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • The nature of crime and punishment and wider social, cultural, economic and political factors
    • Criminological theories
    • Penological theories
    • Selected crimes arising in late modern society
    • Application and evaluation of criminological and penological theories to the analysis of selected crimes

    Contact hours
    Normally three hours per week.

    Assessment includes essay, presentation and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Set book(s)
    There is no set book for this course. Academic journal articles and book chapters will be assigned as references for different topics of the course.

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