Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2017

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: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (40%) , Open Book Exam - Take Home Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to criminology and criminal justice. It begins with an examination of the nature of crime, and the ways in which it is defined and explained in contemporary society. A major emphasis of the unit is exploring the dimensions of crime, particularly the relationship between crime and social class (corporation and white collar crime), the links between youth and crime and youth and the criminal justice response, the relationship between gender and crime, and the reasons for the huge over-representation of indigenous people in all parts of the criminal justice system in Australia. The unit also surveys the ways in which crime and criminal behaviour are "explained" via a review of the contemporary literature in criminology theory. The unit concludes with an exploration of the criminal justice system as a response to crime.

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

  1. understand how crime is defined, measured and explained
  2. develop a sound understanding of the psychological and sociological underpinnings of the study of criminology
  3. understand the competing tensions inherent in a criminal justice system in a liberal-democracy such as Australia
  4. further develop their skills in expressing themselves clearly and coherently in oral and written language
  5. understand some of the important personal and professional qualities required of those who wish to work in the criminal justice area.
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (40%)
  • Open Book Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)
  • Quiz 1 — Quiz 1 (10%)
  • Quiz 2 — Quiz 2 (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CCJ15 — An Introduction to Crime

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Perceptions, facts, and fallacies
3Defining and measuring crime
4Prevalence: who are the victims and offenders?
5Street crime and violence
6White collar and internet crime
7Psychological theories of crime
8Sociological theories of crime
9Policing: public and private
10Criminal courts and the judiciary
12Victims and restorative justice
13Crime prevention

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
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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

  • An Introduction to Crime and Criminology

    By:Hennessey Hayes and Tim Prenzl

    ISBN: 9781486003327


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