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CRIM201 Crime, Justice and Society

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.

Paper title Crime, Justice and Society
Paper code CRIM201
Subject Criminology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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
  • Restorative justice
  • Victimology
  • Crime policy and effectiveness
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.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-14, 16, 18-22
T3 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-14, 16, 18-22
T4 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 16, 18-22
T5 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16, 18-22
T6 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-14, 16-22
T7 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-22
T8 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-14, 16-22
T9 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-22
T10 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 16-22