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CRIM71-216: Explaining Crime


In this subject you learn to identify the main streams of criminological thought from both psychological and sociological perspectives. Within those broad streams, you will be able to list and define key criminological theories and the social, historical, cultural and political contexts in which they developed. You 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 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,800
  • Commencing in 2023: $3,900

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate mastery of theories and motivations for offending behaviour. 2. Analyse and synthesise information in complex case studies and examples. 3. Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability. 4. Communicate the results of complex analysis verbally and through written expression.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022