Fundamentals of Criminology

CRI10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 30 hours face to face + blended

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

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23



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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)  
On successful completion of this unit students 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
5. Consider Indigenous knowledges and standpoints in relation to crime and its explanations