Crime and Punishment in the International Context

LAW20031 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to enable students to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the nature of crime in the global setting. Students are introduced to the cultural, historic, social and other factors that influence whether behaviour is criminalised. Students will understand the victimology rates in the global setting and effects and causes of crime in the global setting. The numerous approaches to reducing crime and the different forms of criminal sanctions will be explored. A key aspect of the unit will involve analysing sentencing frameworks in the global setting.
1 Analyse victimology rates in the global setting and draw connections regarding the profile of people who are most likely to be victims of crime
2 Evaluate the effectiveness of capital punishment as a means of reducing crime
3 Examine the causes of different levels and types of victimology in the global setting and approaches to dealing with this problem
4 Compare and contrast the main global themes regarding reducing crime and approaches to criminalising behaviour