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Criminal Behaviour (CRM203)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to the psychosocial basis of criminal behaviour. The introductory lectures are theoretical in nature and take students through the underpinning rationale associated with this disciplinary perspective of crime. Once the basics have been covered, students are taken through specific examples of criminal behaviour, such as violent crime, sexual crimes against adults, and drug related crime. Each specific topic relates the particular form of criminal behaviour back to psychosocial explanations.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. describe and critique the characteristics which maintain criminal behaviour;
2. critique the research basis of our understanding of criminal behaviour; and
3. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the factors which maintain violent and sexual offending.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is content heavy and requires students to keep up to date with weekly readings and online quizzes. The lectures will combine traditional lecturing style with interactive and engaging activities to consolidate information. Students are encouraged to engage with the current literature to expand and clarify the unit textbook
Assessment An essay and examinations will test students' understanding of the rationale associated with this disciplinary perspective of crime, attributes of offenders and violent crime, sexual crimes against adults, and drug related crime.
Prerequisites CRM100 Introduction to Criminology
Exclusions Students who have completed CRM210 Criminal Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Students enrolled in the LLB/BA in Criminology combined degree enrol into this unit for credit towards the Criminology major.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Criminology + Psychology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Criminology [Combined] (BCrim)+(LLB) [New in 2018]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
Appears in these Co-Majors Criminology
Appears in these Minors Criminological Psychology
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.


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