Fundamentals of Criminology

CRI10002 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.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

Aims and objectives

This unit provides 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 learn the breadth of the field of criminology as well as the importance of theoretical models when developing research and programming within the criminal justice system.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Discriminate between various sociological and psychological theories of crime and criminal behaviour.
2. Determine how criminological theories inform and influence policy responses to crime.
3. Analyse and critique major criminological theories with regard to particular types of criminal offence.
4. Employ foundational learning and academic skills, including research competencies and critical thinking.

Courses with unit

The unit is in the BA Criminology Major as well as the B Criminal Justice & Criminology.
BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-EDSART1 Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts
BA-CRIJUS Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology