• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Manning
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course focuses on the psychology of criminal conduct and social psychological explanations of violent crime and its investigation. The course opens by examining criminal behaviour from the point of view of the victims of crime. From this perspective we turn to case studies of criminal behaviour, the crime scene, the classification of crime and principles of investigation. Students are introduced to the process of investigation, crime scene practice for investigators and the problems of offence and offender classification that underlay crime investigation. Theories about the development of criminal behaviour are reviewed and applied to different cases and classes of crime. Topics covered for example, address applied investigative topics and forensic issues as diverse as serial and ‘signature’ killers, stalking, problems of deception and suggestibility in interrogation, the investigative interview, mental disorder and criminal conduct, the role of forensic psychology and criminology and the effectiveness of risk prediction and treatment of violent and dangerous offenders.

A modified problem based learning approach [PBL] is adopted as the teaching method and students are expected to participate in group work and class projects. The PBL exercises culminate in a tutorial class presentation addressing a case based problem and require detailed preparation for a small group or pair of students. PBL focuses on self-learning approached through case studies and problems encountered in practice as well as simulation exercises. Students are involved in the selection of issues and topics covered in tutorials and lectures as these relate to the cases examined throughout the course.

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. Understand the main theoretical approaches to the study of criminal behaviour and investigative criminology.
  2. Identify and practice the key elements of the investigative interview and recall the principles and limitations of lie detection.
  3. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of criminal profiling and behavourial analysis of crimes.
  4. Execute and demonstrate investigative problem solving with the presentation of a PBL exercise based on a crime event.
  5. Explain the main behavioural assumptions about offenders in serious and repeat crimes.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the multi-disciplinary aspects of violent crime and integrate behavioural and investigative principles.

Indicative Assessment

PBL Solution short essay (600 words)10% (LO 1, 4, 5 and 6).

Problem Based Learning Presentation in tutorial of 20 minutes duration: 20% (LO 4 and 6).

A one hour short answer exam: 20% (LO 1, 2, and 3)

Major Essay 4000 words: 50% (LO 1, 5, and 6) 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CRIM3001.

Prescribed Texts

A selected collection of articles from various sources, combined with a text and a pre-reader is recommended:

Peter B. Ainsworth 2013, Offender Profiling and Crime Analysis (revised edition) Routledge: London

Preliminary Reading

Robert Hare 1993, Without Conscience, Guildford: New York

Laurence Alison, and Rainbow Lew, 2011, Professionalizing Offender Profiling: Forensic and Investigative Psychology in Practice, Taylor and Francis, London.

Peter B. Ainsworth, 1998,  Psychology, Law and Eyewitness Testimony, Wiley London

Ron Blackburn 1993, The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, Wiley London

Julian Boon and Lorraine Sheridan Eds, Stalking and Psychosexual Obsession: Psychological Perspectives for Prevention, Policing and Treatment, Wiley London

David Cantor and Donna Youngs, 2008, Applications of Geographical Offender Profiling, Ashgate,

Gudjonsson, Gisli, 2003 ‘The Psychology of Interrogations, Confessions and Testimony: A Handbook’, Wiley, London

Janet L. Jackson and Debra A. Bekerian Eds. 1997, Offender Profiling: Theory, Research and Practice, Wiley, London

Wayne Petherick, 2014 ‘Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues’, Anderson, London 3rd edition ISN 0124059015, 9780124059016

Michael E. Lamb, David J. La Rooy, Lindsay C. Malloy, Carmit Katz, 2011, Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice, John Wiley & Sons, IISBN 1119996155, 9781119996156

Helen L. Westcott, Graham M. Davies and Ray H. C. Bull Ed., 2003, ‘Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice, Wiley, London

Aldert Vrij, 2003, Detecting Lies and Deceit: The Psychology of Lying and the Implications for Professional Practice, Wiley, London

Aldert Vrij, 2011, Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities, Wiley, London, 2nd Edition

Assumed Knowledge

Basic knowledge of introductory criminology or psychology is assumed.


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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
9224 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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