Courses & Units

Crime and Society HGA108

Launceston, Hobart


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 Doctor Victoria (Vicky) Nagy
Available as student elective? Yes


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use criminological terms and concepts in the study of crime and criminal justice.
  • Explain specific crimes and crime categories, with awareness of relevant measurement issues.
  • Critically examine the criminalisation of particular social groups.
  • Communicate your ideas clearly in verbal and written forms.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090300 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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AssessmentShort essay questions (30%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (10%)|Annotated Bibliography (20%)|Essay (40%)
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