Course Title: Criminology

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6077

Course Title: Criminology

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 68.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2009,
Term1 2010,
Term1 2011,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Michelle Noon

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of crime, substantive areas of offending behaviour, and the implications of criminological knowledge for policy formulation and crime prevention strategy.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VBQU369 Apply Research Techniques within a Justice Framework

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBQM391 Criminology

Learning Outcomes

This course aims to enable students to:

  1. Describe the broad nature of crime and criminology and demonstrate the linkages between theory and policy
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the historical evolution of criminology, showing ideological changes and similarities in approaches to crime, from early civilisation to contemporary times
  3. Analyse the nature, extent and patterns of crime, in Australia and globally
  4. Evaluate the validity of official crime statistics
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime
  6. Analyse the role of criminal profiling and its relevance to criminal investigation
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the major forms of criminal behaviour, their known patterns and correlates, and specify the measures designed to prevent or contain them
  8. Explain the rise of victimology as a major focus of study, and the importance of the victim’s role in the criminal process

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and students will be expected to: participate in class and on-line discussions and debates, complete two closed book examinations, undertake a small scale research project and present their findings and write one 2000 word essay.