Criminology major

Criminology is an inter-disciplinary subject area that has emerged from the attention distinct disciplines have paid to offenders and offending. As such, the Criminology major draws on knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines including Law, Psychology, History, Anthropology and Geography. The combination of core and optional units in this major structure will expose students to the breadth of issues being addressed by contemporary Criminology. Included in this will be understanding of the practical role Criminology plays in advising governments on issues relating to criminality, crime prevention, policing, corrective services, sentencing, and offender treatment.

Students will learn to critique both crime and the criminal law, being encouraged to question why there is such variation across time and space about the types of acts we define as crime and the ways that we respond to criminality. The Criminology major will require students to develop a broad range of employment-relevant skills, including the capacity to think critically, integrate theory and research to practice, and communicate effectively in written and oral forms.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) apply criminological theoretical frameworks to analyse contemporary challenges relating to crime, victimisation, crime prevention, and the criminal justice system; (2) generate evidence-based empirical and theoretical knowledge in the examination of historical and contemporary crime and justice issues, using the broad range of disciplines that underpin criminology; (3) recognise, interpret, and critique contemporary trends in crime; (4) develop and use appropriate cognitive and technical skills to engage with ongoing theoretical debates in criminology through critical analysis of information and data from relevant criminal justice sources; and (5) develop and use appropriate communication skills to facilitate effective dissemination of evidence-based knowledge in a clear and articulate manner.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Criminology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Criminology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 FNSC2200 Mysteries of Forensic Science
S1 LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1 PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ANTH unit
or
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
N/A HIST2224 American Outlaws: Crime and Punishment in the United States
Prerequisites:
Completion of 12 points
S2 LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
or
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
or
LAWS1112 Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 LAWS3374 Crime, Justice and Public Policy
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ANTH3001 Ethnography: Methodological Perspectives
Prerequisites:
ANTH2001 Social Thought
or
ANTH2214 Development of Social Thought
or
ANTH2406 Society, Law and Politics
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S1 HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
Completion of 12 points of Humanities units
or
permission of the unit coordinator;
or
any one of: EURO2201 European Civilisation; GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History; LAWS1110 Crime and Society;
or
LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
N/A LAWS3330 Gender and the Law
Prerequisites:
For Criminology major students: LAWS1110 Crime and Society, LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System and at least one other Level 2 option unit from any major. For all other students: LAWS2227 Law in Action
or
LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law and at least one other Level 2 Law and Society option.
S2 LAWS3334 Law and Religion
Prerequisites:
For Criminology major students: LAWS1110 Crime and Society
and
LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System. For all other students: LAWS2227 Law in Action.

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Criminology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CRIMN

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Criminology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CRIMN-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .