Homicide - 2017

This unit contains mature content including Adult Themes and Violence and may not be suitable for some students.
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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Homicide Investigation Review (40%) , Case Study - Homicide Case Study (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to the criminal justice process by illustration. Starting with a focus on the key elements of the crime event, students will develop an understanding of serious violent offences through the lens of offenders and victims of violence.

Students then learn how the criminal justice system responds to serious violence offences with particular emphasis on lethal violence. Using a case study approach, students first learn how serious violent offences are detected and investigated by the policing arm of the criminal justice system. Students then consider how these offences are processed in the courts, which includes the criminal trial process and sentencing.

Finally, students review the various forms of custodial sentencing and correctional settings. Throughout the unit students review the ways that criminological theory has informed the various ways that the criminal justice system responds to serious violent offences (eg. from policing initiatives and responses to sentencing to correctional rehabilitation).

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand how homicide is defined and explained
  2. develop an in-depth understanding of different types of homicide from experts in the field
  3. gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of three key investigative strategies used in the detection of serious violent offenders
  4. understand the criminal trial process and its limitations
  5. develop an understanding of the punishment for homicide and the extent to which rehabilitation is effective.
  • Assessment — Homicide Investigation Review (40%)
  • Case Study — Homicide Case Study (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Students who have completed CCJ15 and CCJ11 as part of their course can only enrol in CCJ114 as one of their two first year elective units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Homicide: Introduction to the crime event.
2Domestic Homicide
3Multiple Homicide
4Child Homicide
5Police Homicide
6Detection of the Homicide Offender(s)
7Police Intelligence
8Offender Profiling
9Forensics & Evidence Gathering at Crime Scenes
10Prosecution for Murder
11The Homicide Offender's Perspective on Imprisonment OR The Perspective of Secondary Victims of Homicide
12Historical Perspective of Homicide
13Course Review & Exam Prep

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Understanding Homicide

    By:Fiona Brookman

    ISBN: 9780761947554


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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