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Undergraduate | USA-LAWS2036-2023

Criminology and Public Policy

Why are some crimes committed more than others? Find out in this course. Study how governments resolve crimes. Cover policing, law enforcement, sentencing, imprisonment, prevention and more.

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Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study


10 weeks

Start dates

  • 03 Apr 2023
  • 18 Sept 2023

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FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

By the end of this 10-week course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Discuss the various criminological theories that are currently influencing sociological, psychological and socio-legal thinking.
  2. Debate the role, effectiveness and accessibility for victims to the police and the legal profession in dispensing criminal justice.
  3. Explain the issues and arguments around the role of the courts (especially with regards to sentencing), and corrections.
    • What is criminology, crime and public policy?
    • Individualistic and interactionalistic crime theories
    • Sociology and critical criminology theories
    • Types of crime: corporate crime, cyber crime and international crime
    • Police and policing
    • Criminal justice and the courts
    • Innovative justice
    • Corrections and penology
    • Victimology and miscarriages of justice
    • Crime prevention and evaluation
  • Study the science of criminology and its application to Australian society. Explore the causes of crime and understand the individual and psychological factors that lead to criminal behaviour. Learn about white collar and corporate crime, cyber crime and international crime.

    Discover why some types of crime are committed more frequently than others and examine the evidence-based approaches governments take to resolve crime. Your course content also covers policing and law enforcement, sentencing, innovative justice processes, imprisonment and detention, crime prevention theories and victimology.

    UniSA Online’s 10-week short courses give you the flexibility to upskill in a certain area, stay current with developments in your field, diversify your knowledge, or even explore a new direction in your career – without having to commit to the time and cost of a full university degree.

    Delivered 100% online, you’ll be able to study where and when it suits you. Access online academic and student support seven days a week, fit study around work and life commitments, view learning resources 24/7, and log in to the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

    This is a first-year course from UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.

    Should your course have an exam it will be scheduled for Australian Central Standard Time or Australian Central Daylight Time, depending on the time of the year.

    • Essay (30%)
    • Essay (60%)
    • Quiz (10%)
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