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Criminology: Theory and Practice

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: CRI10001

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

This subject provides students with an overview of the discipline of criminology through a presentation of both the major theoretical models as well as the application of these models to a variety of criminal justice settings. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of criminology as well as an appreciation of the importance of theoretical models when developing research and programming within the criminal justice system.


  • Theoretical perspectives in criminology (including biological, psychological, sociological)
  • Defining and measuring crime
  • Australian criminal justice system
  • Research methods in criminology
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Crimes against the person
  • Enterprise crimes (white-collar, cyber-crime)
  • Organised crime
  • Public order crime