Criminology and Criminal Justice [not available in 2022] major (MJD-CRMDM)

Criminology is an inter-disciplinary subject area that has emerged from the attention distinct disciplines have paid to offenders and offending, and responding to both. As such, this extended Criminology and Criminal Justice major draws broadly 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 contemporary Criminology and Criminal Justice issues. Included in this will be understanding the practical role Criminology plays in advising governments on issues relating to national, international, and transnational criminality, crime prevention, policing, sentencing, corrective services, offender treatment, and offender risk assessment and management. Additionally, this extended major also requires students to develop a relevant understanding of the importance of forensic science for justice and the relevance of empirical research to guide policy development, reform and practice.

Students will learn to understand crime and punishment in an inter-disciplinary context, being encouraged to question current practices and find ways for improvement. This extended Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 national, international, and transnational contemporary crime and justice issues, using the broad range of disciplines that underpin criminology; (3) recognise, interpret, and critique contemporary trends in crime, punishment, and justice administration; (4) develop and use appropriate research and analytical skills to engage with ongoing theoretical debates in criminology and criminal justice; 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 other broadening choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Incompatibilities

MJD-CRIMN Criminology

Criminology and Criminal Justice [not available in 2022] can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Criminology and Criminal Justice [not available in 2022] is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • four Level 1 units
  • seven Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2022;
NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, SS PHIL1002 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PHIL1105 Introduction to Critical Thinking
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 FNSC2200 Mysteries of Forensic Science
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A LAWS2230 Working with Offenders 1
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of LAWS1110 Crime and Society and LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A LAWS2231 Transnational and Organised Crime
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of LAWS1110 Crime and Society
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 HIST2224 American Outlaws: Crime and Punishment in the United States
Prerequisites:
Completion of 12 points
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A LAWS2225 Indigenous Peoples 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
LAWS1112 Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A LAWS3212 Working with Offenders 2
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems and LAWS2230 Working with Offenders I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A LAWS3213 Preventing Contemporary Crime Problems
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems and LAWS2230 Working with Offenders 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 LAWS3374 Crime, Justice and Public Policy
Prerequisites:
LAWS1110 Crime and Society LAWS2223 Criminal Justice System
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S2 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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NS, S1, S2 WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Major(s) MJD-ECNPF Professional Economics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
BUSN3348 Business Practicum
or
HUMA2901 Arts Practicum
or
POLS3326 Political Science Internship
or
WILG2201 Professional Experience Practicum
or
PARL3399 WA Parliamentary Research Program.

Choosing your 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 and Criminal Justice [not available in 2022] degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

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

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