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ACR202 - Criminology Theory

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

ASL209, ASL309

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Peter Chambers


ACR101 and ACR102 plus 2 credit points at any level.



Incompatible with:

ASL209, ASL309.

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit introduces the major theories of criminology which have informed research, legislative and law enforcement debates in Western jurisdictions since the eighteenth century. It examines the role of theory and critical research questions which attempt to explain why crime has occurred, and the structure and functions of the various aspects of the criminal justice system and its agents. A combination of theoretical and applied examples is provided in order to illustrate the importance of, and contradictions between, various theoretical approaches informing our understanding of crime in contemporary society.


Research and Writing Exercise, 25%, 1000 words

Essay, 50%, 2000 words

Online Exercises, 25%, 1000 words

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