Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2253

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

SOCU2254

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Larissa Sandy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3773

Course Coordinator Email: larissa.sandy@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.12B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed: SOCU2119, SOCU2221 Criminological Theory

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

In this course you will learn about understanding criminal behaviour – the causes of offending, its effect and the ways in which society defines, understands and responds to violent crime and offenders. You will develop an understanding of crime through the lens of offenders. You will be introduced to a range of serious violent crimes such as homicide, serial killing, intimate partner homicide, sexual offending and domestic violence and be exposed to offender profiling and crime scene analysis. You will consider the intersections between gender, indigeneity and social class and the issues and challenges faced in understanding criminal behaviour. In this course, you will explore and seek to theoretically explain the causes, assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, violence prediction and risk assessment and the way the criminal justice system responds to serious violent offenders.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course provides the capstone experience for students in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology. In this course you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge across both criminology and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. On successful completion of this course, you will have further developed the following program learning outcomes:

1. Apply theory and principles of Criminology and the criminal justice system to your professional practice or further study
2. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on key concepts and contemporary issues within Criminology in local and international contexts
3. Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of Criminological problems or issues associated with crime management and the justice system


You will also be able to demonstrate the following course learning outcomes:

• Critically assess frameworks for understanding criminal behaviour.
• Classify and describe the different categories of serious violent crime.
• Identify methodological issues related to criminal behaviour analysis.
• Critically reflect on risk and dangerousness assessment and treatment of offenders.
• Debate contemporary issues relating to criminal behaviour and offending.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered in a face-to-face mode. Face-to-face delivery includes classes that are three-hour seminar style lectures with a number of guest lecturers from the field and group discussions. You will study a wide range of empirical case studies to help understand and illustrate the different types of violent crime and associated criminal behaviour. The learning outcomes are best attained through active participation and you will be expected to prepare for classes by completing the required readings, which will enable you to make informed contributions to class discussion.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Prescribed readings are provided electronically as well as recommended readings and other materials.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include essays, class presentations, and examinations. 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
• Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment