CRSCI101-22A (NET)

Introduction to Security and Crime Science

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
Institute for Security & Crime Sciences

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Paper Description

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CRSCI101 introduces the topics, theories, and approaches that make up Crime Science. The central focus is on understanding crime. You will learn about the scientific method, how it is applied to real-world crime and security problems, and how different disciplines can contribute to security and crime prevention. We will engage with some of the ethical and human rights challenges of using new technology to solve crime, and examine whether Crime Science approaches can be applied in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is designed so there are five weeks of new topics, before a revision week to help you prepare for the mid-term test; followed by another five weeks of new topics, then a revision week before the final test. There are three discussion forums and ten reading activities; one reading activity for each week where a new topic is introduced.

The main teaching content will be delivered in Moodle lessons and supported by the Perusall reading activities and other resources on Moodle like podcasts. The activities associated with each week become available on Monday morning. You are expected to complete the activities in the week that they become available, to save you from falling behind.

Most weeks there will also be a lab held on zoom. Labs are designed to help you develop the discussion skills you need to display in your assessed work and it is important you attend them.

You can contact the teaching staff with questions via the private help forum on Moodle. The private help forum is the preferred method of communication and is where you may receive the fastest response because we check the forum daily. There are also regular opportunities to interact with teaching staff in labs and during office hours by appointment.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Articulate the central principles of Crime Science.
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  • Discuss crime as a phenomenon, including how it is defined and measured, and how it is patterned.
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  • Describe the scientific method and how it can be applied to understanding crime and security problems.
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  • Demonstrate understanding of the major disciplines that contribute to effective security and crime science responses, and how these contributions are applied in practice.
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  • Identify ethical, human rights and civil liberties issues associated with the development and deployment of new technology for responding to security and crime problems.
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  • Give examples of how Crime Science is relevant to cultural contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Assessment

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This paper is internally assessed. There is no final exam.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reading Activities
Sum of All
10
  • Other: Online: Perusall
2. Week 1 Reading Activity
11 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
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3. Week 2 Reading Activity
18 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
-
4. Week 3 Reading Activity
25 Mar 2022
11:30 PM
-
5. Week 4 Reading Activity
1 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
-
6. Week 5 Reading Activity
8 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
-
7. Week 7 Reading Activity
6 May 2022
11:30 PM
-
8. Week 8 Reading Activity
13 May 2022
11:30 PM
-
9. Week 9 Reading Activity
20 May 2022
11:30 PM
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10. Week 10 Reading Activity
27 May 2022
11:30 PM
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11. Week 11 Reading Activity
3 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
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12. Discussion Forums
Sum of Best ( 2 )
30
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
13. Discussion forum 1
1 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
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14. Discussion forum 2
13 May 2022
11:30 PM
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15. Discussion forum 3
11 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
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16. Mid-term Test
14 Apr 2022
9:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
17. Final Test
16 Jun 2022
9:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no textbook for this paper. Required and recommended readings will be accessible in reading activities in Perusall (which can be accessed through Moodle), and in the Talis Aspire reading list (also linked on Moodle).

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Recommended Readings

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There is no textbook for this paper. Required and recommended readings will be accessible in reading activities in Perusall (which can be accessed through Moodle), and in the Talis Aspire reading list (also linked on Moodle).
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Online Support

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We encourage you to reach out and ask for help when you need it! The best way to contact the paper staff is through the private help forum located at the top of Moodle. The private help forum is where you may receive the fastest response because we check the forum daily.

Moodle is a web-based online learning system used here at the University of Waikato, and is available on campus and from any device connected to the Internet. The login page is: http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/ and you will need your username and password to gain access.

CRSCI101 has its own Moodle page where the teaching staff post lecture notes, resources, and important announcements about things such as tests, labs, your marks, and other information that will be helpful to your studies. It is your responsibility to ensure that you check Moodle and your emails regularly (at least twice a week), because much of the important information for CRSCI101 is disseminated in this way. If an announcement or important information is posted on Moodle it will be assumed that all students have received that information.

If you have enrolled, you should already have a username and password and you should see a link to CRSCI101 when you log into Moodle (you were automatically added to the user list when you enrolled). If you are having problems with your username or password, contact Information and Technology Services (ITS) at 838 4466 ext. 4008 or http://its.waikato.ac.nz/.

If you can log into Moodle, but you do not have a link to CRSCI101, make sure that you are enrolled and that your fees are paid by ringing Student and Academic Services Division at 838 4466 ext. 6088 or http://www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/.

When you log on to Moodle for the first time, please go to your “profile” and check your contact details (email and phone numbers) are correct. This is the information we will use if we need to contact you, so it is your responsibility to ensure these details are up to date at all times.

Perusall reading activities can be accessed through Moodle, and your Perusall account will be automatically connected to your student account. Each reading activity will be linked in the relevant block of Moodle (i.e., near the lecture notes for each topic). Please let us know via the private help forum if you are having trouble accessing Perusall.

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Workload

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You are expected to spend a total of 150 hours in total on this paper. That is around 6-10 hours per week on weeks when you are taught, plus extra time in the mid-trimester break and in preparation for assessments. In this time we recommend that you:

  • Attend lectures
  • Complete Perusall reading activities
  • Attend labs
  • Study for and complete the discussion forums and tests
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Restricted papers: SCRIM101

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