About this unit
This online Sociology of Crime unit provides you with a greater understanding of the ideological dimensions of crime from the 19th century through to the early 21st century.
Offered through Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, the unit covers the theories of crime with a strong focus on street crime, white-collar crime and domestic violence.
Through subjects such as biological positivism, social structural theories of crime, terrorism and state violence, as well as new directions in criminology, students gain a very broad understanding of crime in today’s modern context as well as its evolution over the years.
Most importantly, the unit challenges students to rethink preconceived notions of crime, and would be beneficial to anyone working in criminology, criminal justice or even those working in the social services sector.
- What is crime? What is criminology?
- What do we know about crime, and how?
- Classical criminology and contemporary rational
- Biological positivism
- Social psychological positivist explanations
- Social disorganisation
- Social structural theories of crime
- Social process theories
- Societal reaction theories
- Critical perspectives
- New left realism
- Terrorism, state violence and political crime
- New directions in criminology
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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