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Hobart, Launceston


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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Crime and Society
Unit code HGA108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr. Vicky Nagy

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use criminological terms and concepts in the study of crime and criminal justice.
  2. Explain specific crimes and crime categories, with awareness of relevant measurement issues.
  3. Critically examine the criminalisation of particular social groups.
  4. Communicate your ideas clearly in verbal and written forms.



Teaching Pattern

Off Campus:
Tutorial (1 hour weekly) 
Lecture (2 hours weekly)

On Campus:
Tutorial (1 hour weekly)
Lecture (2 hours weekly)


Task 1: Annotated bibliography, 1000 words (20%)

Task 2: Essay on crime, 1500 words (40%)

Task 3: Short essay questions, 1000 words (30%)

Task 4: Tutorial/other participation (10%)

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