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JST521 Theories of Crime and Deviance (8)


Examines major schools of thought derived from, or impinging upon, the psychology of offending and victimisation. Focuses on classical and revisionist schools of thought as they ahve developed in North America, Britain, Europe and Australia. Emphasises the etiology of behaviour, and the ameloriative measures (such as treatment/punishment) which may be available to reduce the incidence or effects of criminal offending.

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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed 4201

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
. understand the evolution of psychological thought about the offender and his behaviour
. understand the link between this psychological thought and mainstream theories of personality development and psychopathology
. understand the contribution of biosocial factors to particular psychological approaches
. understand the major treatment models utilized with offenders
. understand the emergence of victimology as a field of study and its implication for a psychology of crime


The subject will cover the following topics:
Through a series of contemporary readings on crime, the student will be familiarised with major schools of thought in Criminology. Other facets of the subject will include: . discussion and analysis of major psychological theories of criminal behaviour and an examination of major theoretical and empirical statements on the appropriate social response to criminal offending and victimization


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.