Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Spivakovsky


Crime is an issue that citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. The causes of crime, and how it should be dealt with, are the focus of intense and on-going debate. That debate is examined in this unit. Students analyse the meaning, nature, and extent of crime, examine how crime is portrayed in the media, evaluate the effect images of crime can have on our perceptions of the crime problem, and how it should be addressed.


Upon completion of this subject students will have been given the opportunity to gain:

  1. A critical understanding of the various facets of crime and the crime problem including what constitutes crime, how society decides which actions should be defined as criminal, what causes people to commit crime and what effect the images of crime have on the community's perception of the crime problem and how it should be addressed.
  2. An ability to critically analyse and evaluate theories of crime and to apply them to everyday situations.
  3. The ability to write an essay based on rational argument.
  4. The skills needed to make an oral presentation.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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