Criminological Theory

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminological Theory

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CRIM 212]; one 200-level course from ANTH, CRIM, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC, SPOL

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    A study of various theories of crime causation and their implications for understanding criminal behaviour.

    Course content
    This course is designed to increase your knowledge of theories of crime causation and their historical development. We will examine the social causes of criminal behaviour and their implications for the development of crime policy.

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

    • Show a sound understanding of various explanations of criminal behaviour, which draw primarily on the social causes of this phenomenon.
    • Show a critical understanding of how successive theories of criminal behaviour have developed historically.
    • Assess given explanations of crime, with reference to the strengths and weaknesses of a particular theory.
    • Show a capacity to analyse a particular crime problem and explanations of it; to select and critically assess a theory of crime; to demonstrate wide ranging knowledge of differing crime theories.

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