Course Title: Foundations of Criminology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Criminology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2064

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Gregory Stratton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3021

Course Coordinator Email: gregory.stratton@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course, you will examine the foundations of criminology. The course begins with a description of crime rates and trends in Australia, and its comparison with other Western nations. The lectures focus on information that criminological research has discovered about the crime phenomenon. This includes how crime is variously typed, researched and categorised by criminologists; what its trends are, and what characteristics officially apprehended offenders possess in terms of various social and personal correlates. The course draws on various insights of historical, contemporary, and leading thinkers in the field. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  1. Assist in the identification of needs and the planning of research in the criminal justice field  


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Classify the various taxonomies of crime, and their problems;
  2. Analyse the various trends in types of crime (both traditional and emerging) in Australia;
  3. Outline the personal and situational correlates of criminal behaviour;
  4. Show the possible ways in which personal and social correlates interact, and;
  5. Hypothesise future possible trends in crime and the important role of criminological research in charting its course 
 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which include interactive workshop activities, role plays, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, videos, online media and activities and student lead discussions. 


Overview of Learning Resources

There is generally a prescribed text for this course. 

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes 15%, CLO1-CLO4  

Assessment Task 2: Academic Skills, 45%, CLO2 and CLO3,  

Assessment Task 3: Essay, 40%, CLO2,  CLO4 and CLO5 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.