• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Emmeline Taylor
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The purpose of this course is to gain an insight into the various dimensions of crime such as violence, property crime and white collar crime. The course will focus in on offenders and their offences to develop understanding of key issues relating to the study of deviancy and crime from a criminological perspective. Characteristics of offenders will be explored such as age and gender alongside dynamic social factors such as alcohol and drug use. The final part of the course will look at the administrative structure of the Australian justice system (e.g. police, courts and prisons) and explore how the justice system impacts on different groups in society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
  1. An understanding of the social construction of deviance and crime.
  2. An understanding of the key theories explaining criminal behaviour.
  3. Been able to source data and research publications on crime and justice, and interpret that information appropriately.
  4. An appreciation of the value and limitations of official crime statistics, as well as the analytical skills required to think critically about rates of crime and the dimensions of crime.
  5. The ability to think critically about theories and explanations of crime prevention and control.
  6. An insight into how society responds to deviance and crime and how the criminal justice system reacts to and impacts upon different individuals and groups.

Indicative Assessment

Research essay - 2000 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Seminar Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Seminar Presentation - 15 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Policy Briefing - 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Online statistics & research worksheet - approx. 40 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]

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26 hours of lectures over 13 weeks and 12 hours of tutorial over 13 weeks.  Students are expected to commit up to 10 hours per week for this course including contact and non-contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2062.

Prescribed Texts

There is no recommended textbook for this course, at this time. Guidance on reading materials will be provided in the Course Outline and on Wattle.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3458 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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