Advanced Criminological Theories (Causes) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit helps students develop deep understanding of the organising categories and central claims of a range of modern criminological perspectives of criminology. The main problems, questions and ideas that have shaped modern criminological thought are explored and attention is paid throughout to the contexts that shape the emergence and reception of modern criminological theory and to the modes of social intervention that different criminological perspectives expressly or implicitly propose. Topics covered will vary from year to year but are likely to include: crime and the urban environment, developmental and control theories, routine activities and rational choice theories, crime, inequality and opportunity, crime and culture, and social reactions to crime.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  Critically evaluate criminological theory and related empirical research
2  Summarize central criminological constructs and methodological approaches for operationalizing and testing these constructs to evaluate criminological theory
3  Evaluate the implications of criminological theory and research for crime policy and practice
4  Acquire and improve core skills and competencies relevant to criminology, and in line with the Griffith graduate, including: Conduct the criminological research necessary to produce independent written work that highlights key knowledge and identifies relevant knowledge gaps; Summarise extensive literature; Critical evaluation of academic literature and research; Academic writing; Manage time and multiple projects.

  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (25%)
  • Assignment 3 (25%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1: Environmental Criminology: Time, Place and Crime
2Module 2: Developmental and Life Course Criminology
3Module 3: Criminal Justice System Impacts on Offending
4Module 4: Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Crime

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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