Crime and Australian Society

Course code LAWS5034
Not available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature of crime, theories of crime, the purpose and aims of the criminal justice system, policing and law enforcement, victims of the criminal justice system, and the relationship between human rights and the criminal justice system. Through the medium of a student conference, students will develop and practice skills in legal and interdisciplinary research and writing, presentation and critique.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of the criminal law and associated theory;

2. Demonstrate an informed ability to critically analyse and evaluate criminal law, theory and policy;

3. Demonstrate the ability to prepare, formulate and execute a research project on a relevant topic informed by scholarly literature;

4. Demonstrate an advanced command of professional and scholarly writing in the context of criminal law;

5. Demonstrate the ability to undertake doctrinal and interdisciplinary research;

6. Demonstrate high level communication skills.


This course includes but is not limited to the following topics:

1. Introduction: Understanding Crime and Interdisciplinary Research

2. Classic and Contemporary Theories of Crime and Governance

3. Aims of the Criminal Justice System

4. The Distribution of Crime in Populations

5. Crime and the Media

6. Inequalities of Crime and Victimisation

7. Crimes of Violence

8. Eco-crime

9. White Collar and Corporate Crime

10. Crime Prevention and Reduction

11. Surveillance  



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B (or equivalents), LAWS4001, LAWS4011.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Conference Abstract

Written Assignment: Research paper OR Poster Presentation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term