• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Criminology

Like elsewhere in the world, the overwhelming majority of all recorded crime in Australia is committed by young people and the question of how best to respond has been the subject of significant and ongoing debate in criminology. This course will introduce students to developmental criminology as a foundation for understanding the causes and correlates of youth offending and antisocial behaviour across the life-course. It explores the experience of young people as participants of a criminal justice system shaped by competing historical, theoretical and political debates about how best to achieve the seemingly impossible balance between child protection, treatment and punishment.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Source and evaluate information and data about youth crime in Australia.
  2. Compare and contrast different explanations for juvenile offending.
  3. Critically discuss different youth crime reduction policies and prevention strategies.
  4. Discuss research and present findings, both orally and in the written form.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial and Wattle participation (10%) (LO 1 & 4)

Tutorial Presentation (10 Minutes) (20%) (LO 1, 2 & 4)

Major Essay (3000 words) (40%) (LO 1, 2 & 4)

Take home exam (2000 words, 1 week) (30%) (LO 1, 2, 3 & 4)

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One lecture of 2 hours and one tutorial of 1 hour each week for 13 weeks over the semester. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each week (total of 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Criminology (CRIM) or Sociology (SOCY) courses; or permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed reading for this course will be available in a reading brick. It will include texts from the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, history, public health, social medicine and criminology.

Assumed Knowledge

This course is taught assuming students have some basic understanding of sociology and criminology. It is recommended that students have already completed SOCY1005 - Criminological Imagination.




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

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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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4699 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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