Sociology of Crime - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • 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: Essay - Research Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces the major 19th and 20th century theories of crime, their historical antecedents and ideological dimensions. Attention is given to street crime, white collar crime, and violence between intimates.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with and knowledge of the basic theories of sociological criminology, including key theorists of crime and the ideas associated with these theorists
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical contexts of criminological thinking in the 19th and 20th and early 21st centuries
  3. Be familiar with the sociological classification of criminal activity
  4. Demonstrate a range of skills (critical awareness and interpersonal communication) applicable and relevant to developing an understanding of theories of crime
  5. Apply criminological theories to social research on crime
  6. Critically question and analyse "common sense" notions of crime in our society.
  • Essay — Research Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Exam (40%)
  • Test — Online Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a second year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Crime? What is Criminology?
2What do we know about crime, and how?
3Classical Criminology Social Logics of Punishment
4Biological and Psychological Positivism
5Social Disorganization and Social Ecology
6Anomie and Strain Theories
7Social Learning Theories
8Labelling Theory
9Marxist and Critical Theories
10Feminist Criminology
11New Right Criminology and Social Control Theories
12New Left Realism and Cultural Criminology

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
  • Printable format materials
  • 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.

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