CRIM100 Understanding Crime

Updated: 16 November 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

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.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology

ISBN: 9780455238647
Palmer, D., De Lint, W. and Dalton, D., Thomson Reuters 5th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 40% 1500-2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Online Library Quiz 10% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 5

Compulsory Online Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

10 topic quizzes worth 1% each. Students must complete a minimum of 5 quizzes.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

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.