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CRIM71-216: Explaining Crime


Students will be able to identify the main streams of criminological thought from both psychological and sociological perspectives. Within those broad streams, students will be able to list and define key criminological theories and the social, historical, cultural and political contexts in which they developed. Students will evaluate these theories on a range of criteria such as whether they address laws, crimes, criminals or victims as subjects; whether the explanation is at the micro, meso or macro level; and what the ideological position of the theoretician might be. They will be able to apply these to contemporary justice issues, crime problems and to specific case studies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in May 2021: $4,040

Learning outcomes

1. Critically analyse criminological theories and motivational types and apply this information to a complete range of case studies
2. Analyse, generate, and communicate solutions to case studies and examples
3. Communicate and transmit knowledge, skills, and ideas with others

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