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CY2001 - Perspectives on Criminology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Criminology is the field of social science specifically concerned with criminalisation and the causes of crime, crime prevention and systems of social control and criminal justice administered by the state and directed towards the treatment, rehabilitation and punishment of criminals. It has a strong practical concern with the key components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement agencies, the courts and correctional systems. It is also concerned with issues of public policy and political decision-making regarding crime and crime control. Criminology also explores relevant ethical and political issues, the representation of crime and deviance within the media and popular culture, and society's reaction to crime. This subject offers an introduction to criminology from international and Australian perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • formulate independent critical ideas and arguments;
  • identify key figures, schools and central themes in the criminology and the sociology of deviance;
  • demonstrate a critical social science understanding of the social construction of crime;
  • distinguish between selected social science theories as they are applied to the analysis of crime and critically assess their strengths and weaknesses;
  • apply the above skills to the analysis of specific case studies.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of any level 1, 2 and/or 3 subjects
CY3001 SY2003 SY3001 SY3003 SY3013


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Mark Chong.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 18 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.