JST520 Theories of Crime and Deviance (8)

This subject examines major schools of thought derived from, or impinging upon, the sociology of crime, deviance and social control. Attention is directed toward the schools of thought which have emerged in the last 20 years in Britain, U.S., Canada, and Australia. Special focus on critical criminology, left realism, feminism, and post modernism. The subject contains a section on the study of crime fiction, especially detective fiction from Australia, North America and Britain.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed 42000, JST501. Admission to Master of Social Science (Criminology) or similar Masters degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the historical origins of Criminology as a science
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the early definition of the criminal, and its relationship to social forces in operation at the time
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of subsequent developments in theorising about crime, particularly the emergence of distinct sociological approaches to behaviour deemed criminal;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the extension of sociological theorising on crime to incorporate the notion of deviance and be aware of the theoretical diversity in the area of deviance
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the continuity within schools of thought over time; for example, the legacy of 19th Century analysis of class conflict in the work of the Left Realists


This subject will cover the following topics:

- an introduction to the analysis of crime fiction - a brief review of classical theories of crime - contemporary theories of crime - the application of theory to the analysis of criminal justice processes - analysis of the criminalisation process - analysis of the production of crime - a review of different types of crime, with an emphasis on distinguishing between working class, white collar and corporate crime

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.