Undergraduate | GRF-CCJ113 | 2024
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Examine crime and the ways it’s defined and explained in contemporary society. Study the relationship between crime and class, youth and crime (and the response), gender and crime, and the over-representation of Indigenous people.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 26 Aug 2024
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Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
About this subject
After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Appraise historic and contemporary definitions and measurements of crime
- Identify and apply relevant theoretical frameworks for interpreting and intervening in crime
- Identify how social contexts have consequences for the operations of the criminal justice system and reflect on how changing values and beliefs interact with individual and societal approaches to crime
- Employ reflective and empathetic communication skills to recognise and appropriately respond to different contexts and stakeholder groups
- Interrogate sources and uses of information to determine its utility in criminal justice decision-making
- What is criminology? What is criminal justice?
- How is crime defined and measured? And why does it matter?
- How common is crime? Who are the perpetrators? Who are the victims?
- Is crime a way to help get what we want?
- Why do some communities have more crime than others?
- Does the physical environment affect crime?
- Why doesn't everyone commit crime?
- How do people learn to be criminals?
- Are offenders made or born?
- Why does offending change over the life course?
- Who decides what is criminal and does it matter?
- How does the criminal justice system respond to crime?
This subject 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 subject 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 subject also surveys the ways in which crime and criminal behaviour are "explained" via a review of the contemporary literature in criminology theory. The course concludes with an exploration of the criminal justice system as a response to crime.
- 4 Online Quizzes (40%)
- Scenario Based Problem (30%)
- Policy Proposal Consideration (30%)
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You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
GRF-CCJ15 (Not currently available)
Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the degree. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
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This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
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