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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedPrato First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Sharon Pickering


This unit introduces students to the comparative study of criminology. Comparative criminology involves the study of crime and social control across different cultural contexts. This unit studies the production of criminological knowledge across cultures as well as its meaning and measurement. It examines a range of cross national data sets and measures of crime and social control. The focus will include comparison of European approaches to crime and social control with other regions of the world including Australia, Asia and the Americas.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. The key elements of comparative criminology;
  2. Key advantages and limitations of measuring crime and social control across cultures;
  3. The impact of culture on the production of criminological knowledge;
  4. The need for comparative approaches to crime and justice across major regions of the world;
  5. How to identify the impact of European and North American criminology on the application of criminological knowledge globally.


Project: 30%
Class Participation: 20%
Examination (2 hrs): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Anna Eriksson

Contact hours

Two week intensive study 9 x 2.5 hr seminars

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study