• Class Number 2521
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Adam Masters
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce students to the canon of criminology and map the key theoretical frameworks that have been advanced to explain individual criminality and deviance. The course will encourage students to engage their 'criminological imaginations' to understand the causes of criminal offending and the infraction of social norms and values.

The course will begin by examining how deviancy and criminality is socially constructed. We will then explore the various historical perspectives that have been developed to try and explain crime and deviance. Beginning with the classical school of criminology, the course will explore how our understanding of individual criminal behaviour has developed and advanced. The course will require students to critically engage with the theories presented, and to critique their value in explaining crime in contemporary society. Current-day issues and research will be drawn upon throughout the course to bring to life the application of the criminological imagination.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the key theories explaining criminal behaviour and the societal response to crime;
  2. critique the value and utility of different theories and approaches to the understanding of crime and deviance in contemporary society;
  3. source relevant research publications on crime and justice, and interpret that information appropriately; and
  4. articulate and critique complex theories in a succinct and comprehensible manner.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Lectures for CRIM1001 will be live and recorded for later reference via Echo360 on Wattle. Most tutorials will be face-to-face. Zoom tutorials will only be offered if there is an unavoidable need (e.g. international students not able to be in Australia).

Face-to-face will change to Zoom if required by the University.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Module 1 - Introduction & Classical Criminology (Weeks 1-2)
2 Module 2 - Biological Positivism (Weeks 2-3)
3 Module 3 - Psychological Positivism (Weeks 4-5) Quiz 1 - due Tuesday Wk4
4 Module 4 - Control Theories (Weeks 6-7) Research Skills Report - due Thursday Wk8
5 Module 5 - The Chicago School (Weeks 8-9) Quiz 2 - due Tuesday Wk8
6 Module 6 - Labelling Theories (Weeks 10-11) Essay - Due Monday Wk11
7 Module 7 - Where to from here? (Week 12) Participation Peer Assessed Grade - Due Friday WK12 Exam - Due Wk1 of Exam Period

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials begin in Week 1. Face-to-face tutorials are limited to 20 students each. Tutorial times include 8am and 5pm to cater for anyone with other commitments.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 10 % 1,2,3,4
Research Skills Report - Annotated Bibliography 10 % 2,4
Essay 30 % 1,2,3,4
Synthesis Exam 40 % 1,2,3,4
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is expected of all students doing CRIM1001, and it forms 10% of your overall assessment. In this course, participation will be evaluated by your peers. The peer evaluation forms Assessment Task 5 for the course.

See Wattle for more details and the rubric


The synthesis exam is a take home examination requiring students to interpret video and/or text within a framework of criminological theories.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


There are two separate quizzes scheduled for the CRIM1001. Each quiz will be undertaken through Wattle as a set of multiple choice, true/false, and short answer responses. Each quiz may vary in the number or composition of questions. Each quiz is worth 5%. Each question within a quiz is worth the same value.

The quizzes are timed. Students must start the quiz within two days of opening. After starting the quiz, students have 60 minutes to submit their answers. Second attempts will not be granted. Incomplete questions will be submitted as incomplete.

As a Wattle quiz, students may use notes, lecture slides and texts. Given the 60 minute time limit, however, students are not encouraged to rely heavily on external resources.

See Wattle for the Assessment Rubric.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Research Skills Report - Annotated Bibliography

In this assessment, you will prepare a critical synopsis of two journal articles provided to you by the Course convener. Your synopsis must identify and discuss the objective, research methodology, findings and limitations of the article. You must also demonstrate the appropriate use of the APA 7th referencing and citation standards.

The Annotated bibliography (excluding referencing) should be 500 (+/-10%) words.

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre has more information about annotated bibliographies:


See Wattle for the Assessment Rubric

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Students will write an essay that demonstrates their understanding of a criminological theory and how it explains criminal behaviour and societies response. The essay should provide a critique of the chosen theory against another theoretical approach to criminology discussed within the course.

Essay Length: 2000 words (+/- 10%)

See Wattle for the Assessment Rubric

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Synthesis Exam

The synthesis exam is a take home examination requiring students to interpret video and/or text within a framework of criminological theories.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Participation is expected of all students doing CRIM1001, and it forms 10% of your overall assessment. In this course, participation will be evaluated by your peers. The peer evaluation forms Assessment Task 5 for the course.

See Wattle for more details and the rubric

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Adam Masters
+61(0) 2 6125 0787

Research Interests

Organised crime; corruption; public values; integrity

Dr Adam Masters

Monday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Adam Masters

Research Interests

Dr Adam Masters

Monday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00

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