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.

Degree-specific major

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
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • one Level 2 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

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 (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 FNSC2200 Mysteries of Forensic Science
S1 LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
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
Incompatibility:
ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 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
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context

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
S2 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
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
or
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
or
LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S2 LAWS3330 Gender and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2227 Law in Action
or
LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law
and
at least one other Level 2 Law and Society options

Choosing your degree-specific major

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.

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. or Bachelor of Science course, 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.

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

Criminology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

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

Overview of unit sequence

The Criminology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • one Level 2 additional unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Second 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

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 FNSC2200 Mysteries of Forensic Science
S1 LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Second 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
Incompatibility:
ANTH2218 Legal Anthropology
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 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
Second major units
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Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements

Level 3

Second 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
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 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
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
or
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
or
LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S2 LAWS3330 Gender and the Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS2227 Law in Action
or
LAWS2220 Birth, Life, Death and the Law
and
at least one other Level 2 Law and Society options

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

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 Criminology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

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

Criminology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.