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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Professor Sharon Pickering


Previously coded CRI3070


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;
  6. Critical analysis of globalisation issues;
  7. Wider reading and comprehension of cross cultural analysis of crime and social control.


Project: 30%
Class Participation: 20%
Examination (2 hrs): 40%
Third year students will be required to respond to broader questions in the examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sharon Pickering

Contact hours

Two week intensive study 9 x 2.5 hour seminars

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



First year sequence in Criminology