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    Insights from criminology, social policy and sociology of crime into the study of key issues in crime, deviance and justice institutions.

    This paper offers an introduction to the study of crime, criminology and criminal justice. It is a compulsory paper for the minor in Criminology. It explores key concepts and issues in crime, deviance, victimisation, justice and how these link with multiple responses to the problem of crime.

    About this paper

    Paper title Crime, Justice and Society
    Subject Criminology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    SOCI 103 or 108 points
    SOCI 206
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    CRIM201 is a compulsory paper for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) in Criminology.


    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Professor Anita Gibbs

    Paper Structure

    Key topics will include:

    • Exploring the criminological imagination
    • What is crime, who becomes a criminal or a victim?
    • Crime and the media
    • Theories and explanations of crime
    • The criminal justice system
    • Responses to crime
    • Crime prevention
    • Restorative justice
    • Victimology
    • Abolition
    Teaching Arrangements
    On-campus weekly lectures and tutorials over one semester.


    • Stanley, Elizabeth; Bradley, Trevor and Monod de Froidville, Sarah (2022). The Aotearoa Handbook of Criminology. Auckland University Press: Auckland.
    • White, R., Haines, F. & Asquith, N. (2017) (6th Edition) Crime and Criminology, Sydney, Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    This paper will provide an introduction to the study of crime in terms of its political, socio-economic and personal contexts, paying particular attention to problems of definition, causation and control. It also provides an interactive learning environment whereby the discussion of key issues, themes and experiences of criminal justice can occur. It will encourage learners to develop a personal understanding of crime and justice and the responses of society to these and, in doing so, increase their skills in communication and presentation of these.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-22
    T3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 15-22
    T4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-22
    T5 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22
    T6 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-22
    T7 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-22
    T8 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
    T9 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22
    T10 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-12, 15-22
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