Course Title: Contemporary Criminology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Criminology

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Peta Malins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2110

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the contemporary reality of crime and the problems posed for criminal justice agencies, criminologists and society at large. The course will bring together the current debates, research concepts and practical problems that engage criminology and justice professionals in these areas. You will consider contemporary criminological research and the use of research methodologies.  Topics will vary according to issues currently shaping criminology and justice.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • compare the impact of different theoretical approaches to criminology on policy formation in criminal justice institutions;
  • analyse the application of theory to contemporary criminological problems;
  • research and critique criminal justice responses to crime and associated social phenomena with reference to major criminological theories
  • identify methodologies appropriate to answering different types of criminological research questions and locate these within existing literature and policy contexts

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Independent and collaborative practice
  • Effective management and use of information

Overview of Learning Activities


Learning activities will include interactive activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures and online media. You will also further refine your academic skills in analytical reading and academic writing.

You are expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment, in which peer-based learning is an important component. In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you are expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critical engage with the weekly reading materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will access a wide range of resources through the course Canvas site and you will also be able to access to wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include assignments, group work, online activities, and presentations 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 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: