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CRI1111 Criminology

Semester 1, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Suzanne Reich


Enrolment is not permitted in CRI1111 if LAW3471 has been previously completed.


This course is a core or elective course for students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as Law and Arts programs. It introduces students to concepts related to crime and criminology and allows them to deepen their understanding of these areas. The course is designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and to apply these skills to contemporary problems.

The course introduces students to the study of crime and criminology with a primary focus on the main theories that inform the discipline of criminology. It considers definitions of crime and examines some theoretical explanations for criminal behaviour. The course further analyses a number of criminological theories, their development over time, and their application to contemporary examples. Also incorporated into the course is an outline of different types of crime and how they are defined, including an examination of how they are measured and understood.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe how crime is defined and measured.
  2. Understand, explain and critique a number of criminological theories.
  3. Describe the historical contexts of some of the major theories that have influenced criminological thought.
  4. Explain the main features associated with different crime types.
  5. Apply criminological theory to explain crime problems.
  6. Develop and apply problem solving, communication, time management and organisational skills.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining crime. 5.00
2. Measuring crime. 5.00
3. Understanding crime types. 40.00
4. Criminological theories. 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

White, Robert D., Haines, Fiona, Asquith, Nicole L 2017, Crime and Criminology, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Vic.
Additional required readings for the course will be made available through the course StudyDesk where applicable.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Sentencing Assignment 15 3,4,6
Research Paper 30 2,4,5,6
Tutorial Participation 20 1,2,4,6
Online Test 35 1,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023