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LAW3471 Criminology

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Criminology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090905 - Criminal Law
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Suzanne Reich

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


The course is an elective course for students enrolled in Law and Arts programs. It introduces students to concepts related to crime and criminology and allows them to deepen their understanding of these areas. The course is designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and to apply these skills to contemporary problems.


The course introduces students to the study of crime and criminology. It considers definitions of crime and examines some theoretical explanations for criminal behaviour. The course further analyses a number of criminological theories and their development over time, outlines different types of crime and provides an overview of society's responses to criminal behaviour. Additionally, the course explores concepts evolving around victims of crime and their (limited) participation in the criminal justice system.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. understand how crime is defined and measured
  2. understand, explain and critique a number of major theories relating to crime and criminal behaviour
  3. recognise the change of criminological thought over time
  4. demonstrate an understanding of different types of crime
  5. understand society’s responses to crime
  6. develop and apply problem solving skills
  7. communicate in writing and orally to an academic standard
  8. develop management, planning and organisational skills
  9. develop academic, professional and digital literacy.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining and measuring crime 10.00
2. Explaining crime: major criminological theories 25.00
3. ‘White collar’ crime and cyber crime 10.00
4. Violent crimes 10.00
5. Crimes against morality 10.00
6. Society’s responses to crime. 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Additional required readings for the course will be made available through the course StudyDesk where applicable.
Hayes, H & Prenzler, T, ‘An introduction to crime and criminology’, Pearson, Australia (latest edition).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bernard, TJ, Snipes, JB & Gerould, AL, ‘Vold’s theoretical criminology’, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria (latest edition).
White, R & Haines, F, ‘Crime and criminology’, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria (latest edition).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PAPER 30 30 24 Apr 2019
TUTORIAL PARTICIPATION 20 20 28 May 2019 (see note 1)
ONLINE TEST 35 35 11 Jun 2019

  1. Tutorial participation is required weekly from week 2 through to week 15. Details will be made available on the StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at