Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides the student with an understanding of the major international strands of criminology together with a detailed knowledge of the application of these principles in an Australian context. Emphasis will be placed on modern Australian criminology concentrating on the role of legal personnel in the criminal justice system.

Unit content

The following topics will be covered in the unit:

Topic 1: The study of crime
Topic 2: Media, statistics and crime (I)
Topic 3: Media, statistics and crime (II)
Topic 4: Classical theory, biological and psychological positivism and strain theory
Topic 5: Practical research methods — undertaking field-work activity (optional)
Topic 6: Labelling perspectives and Marxist criminology
Topic 7: Indigenous perspectives (I)
Topic 8: Feminist perspectives
Topic 9: New right criminology, republican theory and restorative justice
Topic 10: Left realism and critical criminology
Topic 11: Crimes of the powerful
Topic 12: Indigenous perspectives (II)
Topic 13: Conclusion — examination preparation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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