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Introduction to Criminology (CRM100)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an overview and introduction to the study of criminology from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students will examine the history of punishment and critically examine our current solutions to crime in light of theories of criminal behaviour. The unit explores the topic of crime and minority groups as well as the impact on victims. Students will be presented with a broad introduction designed to provide them with the academic skills necessary to succeed in their future criminology studies.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss the interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives in understanding crime and the criminal justice system.
2. Explain the role of police and the criminal justice system in responding to and preventing crime.
3. Locate and interpret relevant criminological research.
4. Produce high-quality, persuasive written communication relating to criminological issues.
5. Apply criminological theory and research to solving practical crime problems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week. Tutorials commencing week 2
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures in this unit will be structured, but will include discussion and interaction designed to help clarify information and help students feel prepared for future units in their criminology major. Tutorials will require substantial preparation and are designed around particular themes in relation to lecture topics.
Assessment Students will be exposed to a range of assessments such as in-class activities, oral presentations and a critical essay. These assessments are designed to build upon the knowledge gained through readings and lectures by allowing students to put their knowledge to the test. Students will also build and practice their communication and analytical skills by looking at real life cases and dealing with modern social issues. The final exam requires students to demonstrate knowledge acquisition as well as logical thinking.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CRM206 / LAW206 Criminology, CRM304 / LAW304 Criminology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
Appears in these Co-Majors Criminology
Appears in these Minors Crime Science
Criminological Psychology
Law and Justice
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Anahita Riegler
Lecturer Criminology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6135
e: A.Riegler@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.024 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Anahita Riegler
Lecturer Criminology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6135
e: A.Riegler@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.024 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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