JST436 Advanced Criminological Theory (8)


This subject will promote the examination of criminology as a diverse and multi-disciplinary area of study. Students will make an advanced study of the real consequences of how different types of behaviour, by both states and individuals, are dealt with: drawing on criminological theory and the relevant historical, political and social contexts.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies) (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to critically debate the theoretical arguments of major contemporary criminologists/social theorists
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of criminology and its history of connection to the creation of crime policies
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of crime and social control theory


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Classical theory, early positivism and contemporary theories on anti social disorders and genetics - The development of sociological criminology: the rise of the American influence and the Chicago School; twentieth century foundations of criminology - Strain theory, sub-cultural and Labelling Perspectives: investigating ongoing debates with particular reference to the development of juvenile justice - An examination of Marxist theories in explaining criminal behaviour, social control and the nature of the state. Particular reference will be made to societies in conflict - Technologies of power: exploration of the ideas of Foucault and his impact on criminological and penological thinking. Examining the links between power and knowledge and how this poses fundamental challenge to the discipline of criminology. - Particular reference will be made to environmental discourse in a post-modern world - Criminology from Below: examination of some of the radical work that emanated from the 1960s in Britain that aimed to demystify and expose the workings of state power in its many institutional forms. - Feminist theory: exploration of the diverse schools of feminist thought that have increasingly influenced criminological theories, reforms, policies and programs. - Human Rights theory and international law: investigation of the intersections between criminal justice reform groups, criminology and human rights discourse. Particular reference will be made to the use of crime and criminal law in the third world and colonial context.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.