Theories of Crime

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theories of Crime

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Justice Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    24 credits of previous study

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The main aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the study of theoretical criminology. The unit will address the social context of crime but is not exclusively sociological. The study of criminology is essentially multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches. Theory is typically offered as distinct from methods of research; however, together they provide the foundation for policy and practice. The unit provides an analytical framework in order to critically assess the epistemological claims and justifications found in criminological theory. Criminological theories are viewed as embedded governmental practices aimed at ensuring the regulation and control of particular 'problem populations'.

    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:
    1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the diverse theories of crime and deviance (for example, classicism, positivism, labelling subcultural, social control, counter-colony feminist and post-structuralist) consistent with the graduate attributes of critical thinking and problem solving
    2. apply an analytic framework to assess the merits of different criminological theories in the context of specific crimes or policy problems and demonstrate the graduate attribute of writing and communicating for a range of audiences
    3. develop the capacity to critically re-view and assess common accounts of criminal behaviour and demonstrate the graduate attribute of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, and
    4. competently argue a logical theoretical position in respect to a practical real world example (a crime case or cases, a crime problem or practice) and demonstrate the graduate attribute of applying discipline knowledge to the real world.

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