Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject offers an introduction to the study of criminology. It examines the development and nature of different criminological perspectives and methods and explores the implications of these for defining, understanding and responding to crime. The operations of criminal justices systems, in particular, the role of police, courts and corrections are also considered. Through examination of contemporary issues, debates and case studies concerning crime, law and order, attention is drawn to the relationship that exists between criminology, criminal justice systems, social policy and social order.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core first-year subject in the Bachelor of Legal Studies (LBLS)

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWeekly readings available via LMS and/or e-reserve in the library.PrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,500-word major essay35
one 500-word analysis of a crime-related representation15
one 500-word critical reflection20
three on-line quizzes (equivalent to 500 words each)30