Introduction to Criminology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Criminology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    An overview of the nature of crime in Australia and the different approaches to understanding criminal behaviour. The course seeks to ground students with an understanding of the causes of crime, the major methods for measuring crime, as well as the dominant theoretical perspectives in the field of Criminology.
    Course Introduction
    CRIM1000 provides an overview of the major approaches to understanding criminal behaviour, and how these approaches help us understand and respond to particular crime problems.
    During this course, we will focus on issues, such as:
    • What is criminology? What is crime?
    • How much crime is there in Australia? Who is at most risk of being a victim of crime? How do we measure crime?
    • What are the major approaches to explaining crime? What can inhibit criminal behaviour? How does participation in crime change over the lifecourse?
    • How might criminological knowledge impact the prevention of crime and the development of crime and justice policies?
    This course is designed to broadly survey how we study criminal behaviour, provide insights into different issues studied in criminology, and prepare you (through introducing foundational concepts) for more advanced study in criminology.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand the measurement and distribution of crime
    • Understand major theories and concepts that relate to the causes of criminal behaviour
    • Have an appreciation for the evolution of criminological thought
    • Undertake independent library research utilising academically relevant sources
    • Manage information from a wide range of media, including academic sources
    • Understand and identify ethical issues and limitations in criminological research
    • Review, assess and synthesise theory and policy
    • Develop a reasoned, academically informed argument
    • Produce assessment that is cogent and structured
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the social nature of crime and criminal justice practices
    • Appreciate social diversity and inequality and understand their impact on the behaviour and the treatment of individuals and groups
    • Work collegially in a small group environment
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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