Criminology is an interdisciplinary subject area that has emerged from the attention distinct disciplines have paid to offenders and offending. Study in this discipline develops important skills in research, critical thinking, analysis, teamwork, and communication.

Honours in Criminology is designed to increase understanding of important theoretical perspectives, while also developing key practical skills relevant to work in or with government and non-government organisations (e.g. policy development and implementation). Through close attention to policy, research, and the examination of critical current issues and debates, students will expand and deepen their specialist knowledge gained in the Criminology major, and develop advanced-level research and critical thinking skills.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories, concepts and issues in criminology; (2) demonstrate a broad understanding of relevant criminological research methodologies; (3) synthesise literature and research findings with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex criminological challenges; (4) apply their knowledge, research and writing skills in order to design and execute an original criminology research project; and (5) demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts in criminology through both cognitive and technical skills.

Entry requirements: Enrolment in the BPhil or a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Criminology major, or equivalent, as determined by the relevant board.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours in Criminology can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; 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.

Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1LAWS4112Dissertation (Criminology) Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CRIMN Criminology (ID 4623)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2LAWS4113Dissertation (Criminology) Part 2
Prerequisites:
Unit(s) LAWS4112 Dissertation (Criminology) Part 1 (ID 7885)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1LAWS4509Introduction to Legal Research (Part A)
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Business Law, Law and Society
or
Criminology honours program.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2LAWS4510Introduction to Legal Research (Part B)
Prerequisites:
LAWS4509 Introduction to Legal Research (Part A) (ID 7976)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/ALAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy
or
Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Students with a recognised Law degree
or
LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance.
NSLAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy
or
Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSLAWS5226International Human Rights Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law
or
equivalent; for students in other courses: none
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSLAWS5260Intersections of Law, Policy and Government
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5214 Public Policy