Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit explores (1) ethics, change and crime; (2) introduction to criminology; (3) torts and crime; (4) contract and crime; and (5) criminal law and contemporary crimes.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand fundamental concepts of criminology and ethical principles that emerge in a changing policing environment and (2) understand the way in which private business structures, organisations and enterprises can be used for criminal purposes within the context of criminal law, civil law and the regulation of unconscionable conduct. The unit provides police managers, investigators, supervisors and future leaders with the opportunity to examine and develop strategies to manage law and order amid rapidly changing societal and technological challenges.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly problem tests and student presentations of case studies, both designed to assess research ability and the application of learning in an investigative context; (2) a major essay designed to assess research ability and critical/analytical skills; and (3) a formal presentation styled as a concise briefing to senior executive officers on a case or situational analysis focusing on the need for law reform. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor Judith Fordham
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Certificate in Criminal Investigation (51290)
or the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Investigation (52390)
Contact hours
lectures: 48 hours (over four weekends)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.