Courses & Units

Criminology LAW638


This is the same as the unit previously coded LAW615. Only the code has changed.

Pre-requisites are applicable to non-Law students, as well as to Law students. Those wishing to study this unit who do not meet the pre-requisites should contact the Law Manager Academic Administration about a possible pre-requisite waiver.

Semester 2 Off campus offering is only available for outbound exchange students studying an equivalent unit overseas on approved international exchange.


This unit introduces law students to criminology. It examines why the discipline of criminology is relevant to many dimensions of law, and, conversely, why the law is relevant to criminology. Particular themes and issues that this unit considers are researching the prevalence of crime, justifications for criminalising particular conduct, determinants of the boundaries and definitions of offences, the impact of offence definitions and conceptions of crime on the fairness of trials, causes of crime and responses to crime. The unit seeks an understanding of the nature of crime and society’s response to it in its historical, social, cultural and political context. The study of these issues is dealt with thematically by focusing on particular offending behaviour, including sexual offences and drug offences.


Unit name Criminology
Unit code LAW638
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Mrs Rachael Ormerod
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of the broader social and legal context of crime in western society, comprised of: • international perspectives on crime • crime measurement techniques and prevalence data • social, legal and political responses to crime, and • jurisprudential constructs underpinning the criminal justice system.
  • Find and critique sources of crime data and criminological sources.
  • Critically discuss the criminalisation of certain behaviours using (a) definitions of crime and (b) perspectives on and theories about crime.
  • Appraise social responses to crime with reference to particular crimes, groups of offenders, and models of criminal justice.
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Students wishing to enrol in LAW638 must have successfully completed all core second year law subjects in the degree in which they are enrolled as well as Criminal Law A (LAW351)


AssessmentSeminar (25%)|Presentation (25%)|Assignment (50%)
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