Faculty of Arts

CRIM 701

Criminological Theory

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for CRIM 701.


An examination of classical and contemporary theories of crime, including sociological, psychological, medical, rational-choice and critical perspectives on criminology. Attention will be given to the construction of theory as it is informed by social science research, to the social, cultural and political contexts in which these theories have emerged and to the influence of theories in criminal justice policies.

In this course we will evaluate the leading theories of criminal behaviour, with particular focus on theoretical assumptions about human nature and social institutions, and considering the policy implications that flow from these theories.

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Availability 2018

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr James Oleson


A course reader will be provided if required.


CRIM 701: 30.0 points

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