Drawing on a minimum of 8 academic sources, as well as other sources, provide a 1200-word essay response
and a 300-word essay plan to ONE of the topics listed below. These are based on the topics covered in weeks
4-6 of the unit (Youth and Crime, Crime in the Streets, and Crime in the Home).
A key criteria for this assessment is to demonstrate your ability to conduct research. In your response you
must draw on a minimum of 8 academic sourcesto support your argument. These should include references
to a range of sources such as books, journal articles, sentencing judgments or reports from government
departments and agencies. For further information about appropriate resources, see the Criminology
Resource Guide https://deakin.libguides.com/criminology or use the ‘Ask Marion and Brad Discussion’ forum
to contact our librarians.
Harvard Referencing Guide
For this task you must use Harvard style referencing, which includes in-text referencing and a reference list.
Download the Deakin Harvard Referencing Guide from the CloudDeakin site (Resources > Additional
Resources > Deakin guide to Harvard referencing) to use as a guide when writing and referencing your essay.
Please choose ONE of the following topics:
1. Crime in Australian homes has traditionally been poorly responded to by the criminal justice system.
Is there is evidence that this is changing and that we can optimistic about the future? What do
criminologists (or other academic researchers) say is needed for positive change to occur?
2. The best way to reduce street crime is to increase the number of police. What do criminologists (or
other academic researchers) say about this idea – do they agree? What alternatives are there for
controlling street crime in Australia? Discuss with reference to scholarly research.
3. Some people argue that the best way to reduce youth crime in Australia is to be ‘tough’ on them and
introduce mandatory sentencing for car theft, assault and drunk and disorderly behaviour. What do
criminologists (or other academic researchers) say about the impacts of ‘mandatory sentencing’ and
other harsh approaches to youth offending? Using academic sources, discuss this statement with
reference to the ‘justice’ (tough on crime) and ‘welfare’ (alternative methods) approaches to youth