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LAWS410 Criminology

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The theory of criminology; the concepts of crime and the criminal; the nature and extent of crime; the causes of crime; race, gender and class issues in crime.

Paper title Criminology
Paper code LAWS410
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2024 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 310
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed

Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the discipline of criminology
  • Critically examine the concept of crime and why crime is defined as it is.
  • Describe the processes whereby images of crime are constructed and presented in the mass media
  • Describe different methods of quantitative measurement of crime
  • Explain and critique a number of criminological perspectives
  • Contrast several different definitions and concepts of crime indicating the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2024

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system