CRIM2014 - Applied Criminology

Criminology Unit


One trimester



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Unit Objective

To examine major areas of crime via the application of criminological theories and the analysis of statistical trends and to provide 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;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice policy and the factors affecting its formulation;
  • Formulate solutions to current crime problems.

Unit Content

The unit commences with an outline of the research methods and techniques utilised in the study of crime and criminal behaviour. The student will evaluate the validity of criminal statistics and examine the prevalence of specific crimes in Australia.

The unit will then examine the evolution of crime and criminal behaviour. Attention will be given to specific areas of crime such as victimless crime, juvenile offending and female offenders.  This will be followed by an outline of specific areas of criminal behaviour such as crimes of violence, white collar and corporate crimes, organised crime, arson and property offences.

Throughout the unit, the student is required to actively participate in critical discussion of the criminological theories.  The course will include a critical review of contemporary issues and practices. 

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.