Introduction to Criminology

Unit code: LCR1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
12
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
Online Real Time
Nil
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)
Overview
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Overview

The unit introduces students to an array of explanations for crime that form the basis of criminological theory, placing these in their historical and political context. The unit explores: the changing nature of what we understand as crime; traditional and mainstream explanations for why people commit crime; the emergence of academic challenges to mainstream explanations of criminality; victims and victimology; inequality and social difference; and crime and the media. In addition, the unit explores the way in which information and statistics on crime are collected. Students will be encouraged to understand the connection between criminological approaches and practical responses to crime.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe key criminological approaches and their historical and political roots;
  2. Differentiate between conservative, mainstream and radical theories in criminology and relate them to the way in which changing social, political and economic contexts affects the way certain crimes are defined;
  3. Collaborate in small groups to communicate and interpret criminological knowledge in written and oral formats;
  4. Demonstrate effective library-based research skills to develop a sound understanding of the criminological literature;
  5. Apply effective academic writing skills in critical analysis of a key criminological issue.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
|
Grade: 20%
MC Quiz (2)
Assessment type: Essay
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Grade: 40%
An individual written 1,500 word essay.
Assessment type: Presentation
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Grade: 40%
A group presentation on a selected topic

Required reading

Crime, Criminality and Criminal Justice,
Rob White and Santina Perrone (2016)| OUP Aust

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