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CRIM2014 - Applied Criminology

Criminology Unit


One trimester



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Unit Objective

This unit examines major areas of crime via the application of criminological theories and the analysis of statistical trends, and provides students with knowledge of processes pertaining to policy formulation and prevention strategies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • Analyse the nature, prevalence and patterns of crime in Australia, and its links to criminological theory;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice policy and the factors affecting its formulation;
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of techniques used to define, measure and respond to crime and criminality;
  • Formulate solutions to current crime problems.

Unit Content

The unit commences with an analysis of myths surrounding crime and how these are perpetuated by media sources. The unit then examines the realities of crime by analysing crime statistics, their sources, and their validity, including how research can impact on responses to crime and approaches to crime. The subject will then focus on specific areas of criminal behaviour including victimless and public order offences, violent crime, youth and female offending, white-collar and corporate crime, and property offences, and consider trends, key offender and victim populations, offence sub-classifications, and recent research and policy development in relation to these areas. Throughout, students will examine statistical trends in relation to specific offence patterns and offenders, and also examine the relationship that gender shares with criminal behaviour, especially in relation to violent crime and victimisation. Students will also apply criminological theories to the areas of crime examined, and to responses to these offences.

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.