Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

This online Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University offers students a foundational understanding of criminology as a discipline and area of study.

The unit examines the nature of crime in contemporary society, and explores the psychological and sociological theories of criminality. It challenges students to question the effectiveness of the criminal justice system as a response to crime, and helps them to understand the various strategies implemented by society to maximise social harmony and safety.

The unit also addresses alternative models of criminal justice and is designed to encourage students to reflect upon the most effective means to reduce crime.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit or its academic equivalent:

  • An Introduction to Crime

Areas of study

In this criminology unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Perceptions, facts and fallacies
  • Defining and measuring crime
  • Prevalence: who are the victims and offenders?
  • Street crime and violence
  • White collar and internet crime
  • Psychological theories of crime
  • Sociological theories of crime
  • Policing: public and private
  • Criminal courts and the judiciary
  • Corrections
  • Models of criminal justice
  • Crime prevention

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By completing this unit, you'll walk away with a first-hand look into the inner workings of criminology and the criminal justice system. With this knowledge under your belt you'll be able to:

  • Understand how crime is defined, measured and explained in today's modern context
  • Discuss and analyse the psychological and sociological aspects that underpin criminology as a discipline and field of study
  • Appreciate the existence of competing tensions that are inherent in a criminal justice system, such as Australia's liberal-democratic system
  • Understand the professional and personal qualities required of those wishing to work in the field of criminal justice

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Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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