An Introduction to Crime and Criminology

An Introduction to Crime and Criminology

by Hennessey Hayes and Tim Prenzler

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 12/11/2014


An Introduction to Crime & Criminology 4e, continues to bring together some of Australia’s most widely respected authorities on criminology.

The text explores popular knowledge and understanding about crime, contrasting it with what we know about crime from official sources as well as from crime victims. The authors present and analyse the various ways that crime is defined and measured, the many and varied dimensions of crime, the broad range of theories offered to explain crime as well as some of the main ways governments and other agencies respond to and attempt to prevent crime.

Features and benefits

  • Case Studies are featured throughout the book, highlighting issues by giving vivid examples from real criminal cases 
  • End of chapter Questions encourage students to reflect and apply what they have learnt 
  • A Conclusion at the end of each chapter provides a short overview of the chapter and highlights Key Terms and links to relevant Recommended Readings, Websites and References, which provide students with an opportunity for additional reading to develop their understanding 
  • Chapter 21 Careers in Criminal Justice is available for download to help students answer perhaps one of the most difficult questions they face as university graduates: ‘What do I do now?’ Merrelyn Bates and Tim Prenzler review the broad range of careers and occupations in criminology and criminal justice. They also include several strategies to assist students in preparing for employment, such as searching for jobs in criminal justice and related fields, preparing applications and gaining generic skills. A key aim of the chapter is to help students successfully make the transition from student to criminal justice professional.
Paperback / softback
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Pearson Education Australia
4th Edition
Hennessey Hayes

Hennessey Hayes is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.

He teaches introductory criminology and research methodology to first-year university students. He is also engaged in a program of research on restorative justice and reoffending.

Tim Prenzler

Tim Prenzler is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University where he teaches in the areas of criminal justice accountability, and crime prevention and security management.

He is also the manager of the Integrity Systems research project at the Griffith node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security.

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