CRIM100 Understanding Crime

Updated: 05 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Jenny Wise (
Unit Description

Understanding Crime is an introductory unit that informs students about a range of issues, including the problematic nature of defining crime; the media and how knowledge of crime is developed; the role of theory in explaining crime; similarities between victim and offender characteristics and forensic science and the criminal justice system. The unit explores different types of crimes that are impacting upon our society, including crimes against morality; cyber, corporate and white-collar crime; violent and property crime; and youth crime.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a coherent knowledge of crime and the criminalisation process within a social context, including characteristics of victims and offenders, with an ability to communicate this knowledge effectively to others;
  2. synthesise basic information about how different criminological theories and the media can be used to explain criminal behaviour;
  3. analyse and explain the use of forensics in the criminal justice system and the problems with existing crime statistics and independently assess how these topics can impact upon law and order issues and combatting future crime;
  4. critically analyse the differing nature of crime and criminalisation with respect to issues such as gender and geographical differences with the ability to use judgement to formulate reasons for this; and
  5. competently apply a range of basic research skills and analytical techniques in written form.