Courses & Units

Sex Crimes and Criminals LAW658


Open to students of Law, Criminology, Sociology, Police Studies or Psychology.

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Sex Crimes and Criminals is an applied, interdisciplinary unit taught by criminal lawyers, psychologists and criminologists. It examines the nature and prevalence of sex crimes, impacts upon survivors ('victims') and the profiles of sex offenders.

The unit explores key challenges facing the criminal justice system in responding to sexual offending, including public attitudes, difficulties associated with detection and prosecution, and complexities driven by digital technology.

This unit is designed for students of law, criminology, police studies, psychology and sociology – tomorrow's lawyers, policy makers, police officers, psychologists, social workers and researchers.


Unit name Sex Crimes and Criminals
Unit code LAW658
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Helen Cockburn

Teaching staff

Dr Jeremy Prichard, Dr Helen Cockburn, Dr Caroline Spiranovic and Dr David Plater

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Completion of 200 pts of university study (ie 16 x 12.5pt units). This unit is open to students of Law, Criminology, Sociology, Police Studies or Psychology.



E-portfolio (33%), 1,500 assignment (33%), 3 hour closed book exam (34%)

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