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Introduction to Criminology

Undergraduate | MAQ-PICX1030 | 2024

Define crime and its causes. Peer into the criminal mind and the worlds where criminals dwell. You’ll study criminology theories and their use by criminologists. Look at laws for crime control and find out what happens when they’re broken.

Study method
100% online
Assessments
100% online
Entry requirements
No ATAR needed,
No prior study
Duration
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Introduction to Criminology

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Evaluate how societies come to define crime and the critical implications of such understandings on institutions of criminal justice.
    2. Identify and distinguish between key criminological theories and their practical implications.
    3. Analyse and demonstrate critical understanding of how social categories of gender, race and class impact experiences of crime and its responses.
    4. Research and locate different academic sources and express judgement about their validity.
    5. Engage in informed criminological discussion with practitioners, academics and peers

Entry requirements

No entry requirements

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

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0.125 EFTSL
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