Social Explanations of Crime explores modern theories of crime, their historical antecedents and the manner in which criminological theory is applied in public policy and programs.
This unit includes illustrative case studies of criminal theory in context, focusing on local crime, cyber-crime, white collar crime, family violence, organised crime and hate crime.
Providing exposure to key theories and concepts in criminology, this online unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University will give you a greater appreciation of the diversity of theories that exist within the field.
Anyone can apply, however you should ensure that you have not completed the following unit, as it is considered academically equivalent:
Sociology of Crime
Areas of study
In this Social Explanations of Crime unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to theory
Deterrence and rational choice theories
Social organisation theories
Social process theories
Labelling theory, shaming and restorative justice
Gendering of criminology
Social construction of crime: conflict and critical theory
Race, ethnicity and crime
Other non-sociology schools
Applying theory to policy and practice
Future of crime theory
Revision: theoretical schools of thought
This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit provides useful insight for the practice of criminal law and will be valuable for those wishing to pursue a career in politics, policy making, prisoner advocacy, institutional reform, sociology, criminology or the justice system.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Social Explanations of Crime from Griffith University.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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