Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

LAWS410 Criminology

What is Criminology? The concepts of crime and the criminal; the nature of crime; the causes of crime; media and crime; race, gender and class issues in crime.

Paper title Criminology
Paper code LAWS410
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 November 2023 - 16 December 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

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 when paper is next offered.

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the discipline of criminology
  • Critically examine the concept of crime and why crime is defined as it is
  • Contrast several different definitions and concepts of crime indicating the strengths and weaknesses of each
  • Describe the processes whereby images of crime are constructed and presented in the mass media
  • Explain and critique a number of criminological perspectives
  • Understand the concept of white collar crime by applying traditional theories of crime causation to it and assess whether this class of crime is treated differently

^ Top of page


1st Non standard period (13 November 2023 - 16 December 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 46
Tuesday 10:00-11:50 46
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 46
Thursday 10:00-11:50 46
Thursday 14:00-15:50 47-50
Friday 10:00-11:50 46-50