UNDERSTANDING CRIME

LST1UNC

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Since the eighteenth century, Western societies have sought to explain systematically the causes of crime and criminality. This subject explores how different understandings of crime have emerged as a response to changing social, political, and economic contexts. It also explores the usefulness of these understandings for explaining and responding to crime today.
Through a critical lens, this subject considers how certain behaviours in our society have variously been understood as social issues, deviance, and crimes. This subject investigates the complex nature of crime and offending by applying criminological theories in order to reflect on the current criminal justice climate. By understanding the context of crime, theories can further inform practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHelena Menih

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures and tutorial discussions, readings, online activities, essay outline, essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Bachelor of Criminology or any Bachelor of Criminology double degrees

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the emergence, nature and impact of key criminological approaches to explaining crime and criminality.
02. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental differences between different criminological approaches by being able to clearly distinguish between them
03. Analyse the relationship between criminological theory and practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system.
04. Identify and evaluate the ethical dimensions and implications of criminological thinking and practice.
05. Speak and write in a concise, relevant and well-informed manner about criminological perspectives on crime and criminality

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelena Menih

Class requirements

Evidence Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One research essay (1600 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Short answer exam (1200 words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Multiple choice quizzes (1000 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelena Menih

Class requirements

Evidence Based LearningWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One research essay (1600 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Short answer exam (1200 words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Multiple choice quizzes (1000 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2