JSB272 Theories of Crime

Unit synopsis

This unit explores the ways that crime has been constucted and regulated in different times and contexts, introducting students to the study of theoretical criminology. Traditional and innovative, emerging perspectives will be examined. Criminology is essentially multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the diversity of theoretical approaches, drawing on philosophical, scientific, geographic, sociological, political, economic and cultural explanations for and methodologies to investigate crime.  There is an emphasis on 'theory in action' in this unit. Students will examine popular culture depictions and practical applications of ideas when questioning how and why crime is understood and particular policy, policing and punishment strategies are develolped. Additionally, the unit provides an analytical framework in order to critically assess the epistemological claims and justifications found in criminological theory. Criminological theories are viewed as embedded governmental practices aimed at ensuring the regulation and control of particular 'problem populations'.

Faculty
Faculty of Law
School/Discipline
School of Justice
Study area
Law and justice
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 1, 2019 25 February 2019 - 21 June 2019
  • Gardens Point
  • Gardens Point (External)

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2019: $820
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2019: $2,796
International student fee (excluding study abroad students)
2019: $3,792
Study abroad program
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Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
JSB172 or JSB173 or LLB101 or PYB007
Anti-requisites
JSN113
Equivalents
JSB231, JSB018

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines