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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||examine the cultural determinants of social reality||Cultural competence|
|2||recognise and appraise the major historical and contemporary criminological theories and philosophies||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate a working knowledge of the application of these theories to the various elements that constitute the Australian criminal justice system||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||critically examine the criminal justice system from the viewpoint of one or more of the groups affected or involved in it||Intellectual rigour|
|5||recognise the broad legal, social, and political implications of aspects of the criminal justice system||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||demonstrate developed research and writing skills in criminological analysis.||Intellectual rigour|
- White, R, Haines, F & Asquith, N, 2017, Crime and Criminology, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780190307301.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hour (6 weeks)|
|Exam: open book||50%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.