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.

2023 teaching periods



19 Jun 23 - 30 Jul 23

15 Aug 23

Last self enrolment:
19 Jun 23

30 Jun 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Jul 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

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

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