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CY2001 - Perspectives on Criminology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
CY3001 SY2003 SY3001 SY3003 SY3013


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (30%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Theresa Petray
Workload expectations:
  • 1 hours - Electronic communication
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: (50%); (50%).

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