Introduction to Criminology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Criminology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One prior ANTH, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PUBL, SOSC or SPOL, or PSYC course  

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

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

    CRIM 111 is a broad-based introduction to key criminological concepts, debates and theories. The first half explores a wide range of theoretical explanations for crime/criminality. The second explores the attempts to measure crime, media representations of crime and the social dimensions or correlates of crime including ethnicity, class, gender and age.

    Course content
    In the first half of the course we explore a wide range of theoretical explanations for crime and criminality. In the second half of the course we explore approaches to measuring crime, media representations of crime and the social dimensions or correlates of crime including ethnicity, class, gender and age.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Summarise and discuss the key concepts, themes, theoretical frameworks and schools of thought examined during the course.
    • Discuss the ideas and arguments of key criminological theorists and apply them in a clear well focussed academic argument.
    • Show an awareness and understanding of the broad social and political environment in which crime occurs, display knowledge of the various social and cultural dimensions of crime and an awareness of the relationships of power and how these are affected by gender, ethnicity, age and class.
    • Confidently identify and utilise relevant criminological sources (books, journal articles) through criminological data-bases and critically assess the material contained therein.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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