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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090300 $1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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Teaching Pattern

1x 2hr Lecture Weekly, 1x 1hr online webinar and online discussion

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