Crime in Society

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime in Society

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module will enable students to gain understanding of the phenomenon of crime; the underlying factors (causation) that contribute to crime; as well as gaining insight into a holistic approach for working with offenders as well as the victims of crime.

    The outcomes to which this module is directed are as follows:

    • Learners will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the social phenomenon of crime in society;
    • Learners will increase their understanding of the relevant policy, within the African context, regarding crime and its prevention;
    • Learners will increase knowledge and skill for intervention with both the perpetrators and the victims of crime.


    • The at-risk continuum.
    • The incidence of crime and guiding policy.
    • The nature and causes of crime.
    • Theoretical explanations thereof.
    • Social Exclusion Theory.
    • The SA criminal justice system:
      • The role of social work within the criminal justice system;
      • The place of correctional supervision within this system.
    • Youth at risk.
    • IMC Document.
    • The role of a One-Stop Justice Centre in Youth Crime.
    • Restorative Justice.
    • Victims of crime.
    • Needs and Rights of Victims.
    • Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP).
    • Offender Reintegration/EOP:
      • After Prison: A case of Offender Reintegration;
      • Crime prevention: Strategies from Social Work / Probation;
      • Crime prevention: The 4 Pillars.

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