LAWS1110 Crime and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Law and Society; Criminology major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Whilst the phenomenon of crime is not new, without a knowledge of where, why, and how it occurs, any government or societal approach to its control cannot possibly be successful. Crime and Society provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of criminal behaviour. Social, psychological, biological, and opportunity-based approaches to understanding crime are used to provide a structural framework around which students can better understand individual and collective criminality in all its forms. This unit provides students with the skills to interpret criminal statistics and media reporting, providing the foundation upon which further criminological research can be launched.
Students are able to (1) explain the phenomenon of crime, including types, extent, location and the portrayal of crime in the media; (2) apply various theoretical explanations to crime and criminal behaviour; (3) review criminological literature; and (4) demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise written communication in a legal context.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Joseph Clare
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Recommended text

Newburn, T. Criminology (3rd Edition): Routledge 2017

Other useful references

Harrison, J. et al. Study Skills for Criminology: Sage 2012

McLaughlin, E. and Muncie, J. eds The Sage Dictionary of Criminology, 3rd edn: Sage 2012

White, R. and Perrone, S. Crime, Criminality & Criminal Justice: OUP 2014

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