This unit of study aims to provide students with an overview of the discipline of criminology through a presentation of both the major theoretical models as well as the application of these models to a variety of criminal justice settings. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of criminology as well as an appreciation of the importance of theoretical models when developing research and programming within the criminal justice system.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Discriminate between various sociological and psychological theories of crime and criminal behaviour
  • Understand the principles of criminology within the criminal justice system
  • Identify and assess the ethical considerations of criminologists engaged in research, work, and/or community settings
  • Describe different approaches to criminology in local and international environments, and within Indigenous settings
  • Evaluate social scientific research methods employed by criminologists

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssessmentIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5 
EssayIndividual 35% 1,2,3,4,5 
ExaminationIndividual 45% 1,2,3,4,5 
QuizzesIndividual 20% 1,2,3,4,5 


  • Theoretical perspectives in criminology (including biological, psychological, sociological) 
  • Defining and measuring crime 
  • Australian criminal justice system 
  • Research methods in criminology 
  • Violent crimes 
  • Property crimes 
  • Crimes against the person 
  • Enterprise crimes (white-collar, cyber-crime) 
  • Organised crime 
  • Public order crime

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.