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TITLE Mapping the Crime Scene: Issues in Criminal Justice

LEVEL H - Higher Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit will introduce students to criminology and criminal justice studies. Questions that will be addressed include: What is crime? Why do people commit crime? How can we prevent crime? How should criminals be treated (retribution or rehabilitation)? How can victims of crime be helped? Students will then gain insight into what happens at the scene of a crime. Subsequently, they will gain knowledge on the following topics: cyber crime, terrorism, corrections, substance abuse, crime mapping, psychology and crime, sex crimes and family violence.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Distinguish between crime and deviance;
- Describe the procedure adopted by the police on the scene of a crime;
- Point out the main dangers posed by cyber crime and be able to avoid becoming a victim of it;
- List the main difficulties encountered with it comes to combat terrorism;
- List the main corrections' philosophies;
- Define sex crimes, substance abuse and family violence;
- Describe what crime mapping is about;
- Point out how and when psychology is used in the criminal justice system.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss and/or deliver presentations on the issues listed above;
- Write an academic essay on the issues listed above.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Balkin J.M, Eddan K., Grimmelmann J., Kozlovski N., Wagman S., Zarsky T., (2007), Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment (Ex Machina: Law, Technology, and Society), NYU Press, ISBN-13: 978-0814799833.
- Lyman, M. D. (2008) Criminal Investigation: The art and the science (5th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hill.
- Bennet, W. W. & Hess, K. M. (2001) Criminal Investigation (6th ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth Thomson.
- Brandl, S. G. (2004). Criminal Investigation: An analytical perspective. USA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Clifford R.D., Moreau D.D., Miquelon-weismann M, Lamb D.W., Orton I., (2006), Cybercrime: The Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of a Computer-Related Crime (2nd Edition), Carolina Academic Press, ISBN-13: 978-1594601507.
- Knepper, P. (2007) "Criminology and Social Policy". Sage: UK.
- Siegal, L. J. (2008) "Criminology" (10th Ed.). Wadsworth Publishing Company: USA.
- Walklate, S. (2005) "Criminology: The Basics". Routledge: UK.
- Williams, M. (2006). Virtually criminal: Crime, deviance and regulation online. Routledge: London.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Trevor Calafato
Paul Caruana
John Charles Ellul
Janice Formosa Pace
Saviour Formosa

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