Criminology Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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On successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

  • understand the socio-economic, political, cultural and historical conditions influencing crime, justice and deviance, the criminal justice system, and crime control mechanisms from an Australian and international perspective; and
  • critically discuss criminological and socio-legal theories and concepts; and
  • understand the relationship between the institutions and practices of criminal justice and wider social control; and
  • evaluate social, cultural, historical and legal responses to criminalisation, criminality and crime control from an interdisciplinary perspective; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of research processes in the social sciences including design, methodology and methods, analysis, interpretation, and the diversity of approaches to research; and
  • recognise the importance of ethical standards of conduct in the research and analysis of social and political phenomena; and
  • work productively in groups; and
  • communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Course Description

Offered by the School of Social and Political Sciences

Criminology is the study of human behaviour and explores the motivations behind criminal activities. It draws knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines such as law, sociology, psychology, psychiatry and history. Criminologists work in a wide range of fields including policy, crime prevention, corporate and white-collar crime, business regulation, drug policy and consumer and environmental protection. Increasingly, criminologists also study the ways in which cultures depict crime, whether in newspapers, television and other mass media or in films, novels and art.


  • Legal advisor
  • Policing
  • Policy development
  • Sociology
  • Defence
  • Government

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