Courses & Units

Crime and Society HGA108


This is a foundational unit in Criminology. You will focus on criminological approaches to understanding crime and criminalisation. The unit will introduce various categories of crime (e.g. property crime and violent crime) and debates about what counts as crime and harm (e.g. crimes of the powerful versus the less powerful). You will engage not only with research that highlights patterns of crime but also with important critiques about the measurement of crime. The unit invites you to consider the relationships between specific social groups (e.g. young people, women, Indigenous people) and the criminal justice system.


Unit name Crime and Society
Unit code HGA108
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Ms Rashaam Chowdhury
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply criminological terms and concepts in the study of crime and criminal justice.
  • Explain specific crimes and crime categories, with awareness of relevant measurement issues.
  • Analyse the power relations and inequalities associated with criminalisation processes.
  • Communicate your ideas clearly in verbal and written forms.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:


Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly face-to-face tutorial (2 hours).


Off Campus:


Weekly (pre-recorded) lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly online tutorials and/or online discussions/activities (2 hours).

AssessmentEssay plan & Annotated bibliography (20%)|Fortnightly online quiz (15%) and in-class or online participation (10%) (25%)|Short written assignment (25%)|Essay (30%)
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