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Course aim

To give students an introduction to the science of criminology and its application to Australian society, and an opportunity to consider and debate contemporary criminological issues which are of particular interest to the community and the academic world.

Course content

The extent and location of crime; the role of theory in criminology; individual and psychological explanations of crime; social explanations and interactionist explanations of crime; white collar and corporate crime; cyber crime; international crimes; policing and law enforcement; the criminal justice process and sentencing; innovative justice processes; imprisonment and detention; crime prevention theories; victimology; failures of Justice; human rights.

Teaching method

Internal, City West
Seminar4 hours x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Internal, City West
Assignment1000 words20%N/A
Assignment 2 1500 words30%N/A
ExaminationN/A50%2 hours


EFTSL*: 0.1250
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 3)
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