Crime and Australian Society

Course code LAWS5034
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature of crime, theories of crime (e.g. classical theory, strain theory and labelling perspectives), the purpose and aims of the criminal justice system, policing and law enforcement, victims of the criminal justice system, crime prevention and reduction as well as the relationship between human rights and the criminal justice system.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the course material;

2. Exercise critical thinking in respect of the criminological materials covered;

3. Use analytical skills in respect of the materials and arguments presented;

4. Research primary and secondary legal data in the preparation of oral and written arguments;

5. Demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills.


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

  1. Introduction: Understanding Crime
  2. Origins of Criminology and Theories of Crime
  3. Aims of the Criminal Justice System
  4. The distribution of crime over populations, space and time.
  5. Crime and the Media
  6. Inequalities of Crime and Victimisation
  7. Crime in the Streets and Home
  8. Hate Crimes
  9. White Collar and Corporate Crime
  10. Cyber Crime and Bullying
  11. Gender and Crime
  12. Indigenous Peoples and Crime
  13. Crime Prevention and Reduction and the Future of Offender Rehabilitation


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

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Written Assignment: Presentations - Class

Contact Hours



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