single degree

Bachelor of Criminology

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BCRIM
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology

Do you want to delve into an enthralling field that deals with the complexities of crime and responses to crime? Look no further.

Our program addresses the causes, politics and management of criminality from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

You will develop and understanding of a range of issues in contemporary criminology including definitions and representations of crime, victimization, policing, the criminal justice system, transnational crime, and restorative justice.

The ANU Bachelor of Criminology draws attention to the social dimensions of crime and deviancy and assesses the effectiveness and implications of crime control measures.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

In the Bachelor of Criminology you will learn about the drivers of crime and how society responds to it. The breadth of knowledge that you learn can be applied to many different industries and institutions. Graduates may find work in government, intelligence, correctional services, social work, journalism and policy making.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Criminology, graduates will be able to:

  1. better understand the social conditions, forces and relations influencing crime and deviance, criminal justice system processes, and crime control interventions;
  2. develop sophisticated analytical techniques and research skills for applied use in the field of criminology and in social research more generally;
  3. critically evaluate theories, concepts and methodological approaches relating to all aspects of contemporary criminological inquiry; and
  4. critically assess criminal justice policies and other social, cultural and legal responses to criminality and crime control from an informed interdisciplinary perspective.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Criminology requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding
CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research and Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice
CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour
PSYC2011 Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

SOCY1002 Self and Society
SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology

A minimum of 42 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH2130 Violence and Terror
CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy
CRIM2002 Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld
CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control
CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders
CRIM2005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences
CRIM2006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents
CRIM2007 Order in the Courts: An Introduction to the Australian Judicial System
CRIM2008 Comparative Criminology: Punishment in Australia and Across the Globe
CRIM2011 Special Topics in Criminology
CRIM2010 Cybercrime: an introduction
CRIM2009 Corruption in our world
CRIM3002 Corruption in Sport
HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice
POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World
POLS3036 International Terrorism
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society

A maximum 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A
ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B
ANTH2136 Piracy: Property Wars from the High Seas to Anonymous
BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
ENGL2081 Australian Crimes: Crime narratives on page, stage and screen
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History
HIST2238 Human Rights in History
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities
LING2105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics
LING3032 Advanced Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison
SOCY3001 Research Internship

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
PSYC2011 Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6 units 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List ANU Elective Course 6 units
CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research and Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice 6 units 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List or 12 units List ANU Elective Course 6 units
CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour 6 units 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List 6 units from BCRIM 42 units List or 12 units List ANU Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full-time (144 units) - 4 courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

42 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding

CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research Methods in Crime and Criminal Justice

CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control

CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour

PSYC2011 Perspectives on Crime from Psychology and Criminology

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

 

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

SOCY1002 Self and Society

SOCY1004 Introduction to Social Psychology

 

A minimum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH2130 Violence and Terror

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy

CRIM2002 Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld

CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders

CRIM2005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences

CRIM2006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents

SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender

HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945

SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society

SOCY2160 Cybercrime: An Introduction

 

A maximum 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B

BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

ENGL2081 Australian Crimes: Crime narratives on page, stage and screen

GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture

LING2105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics

POLS2096 Genocide Studies

SOCY2063 Corruption in our world

SOCY3123 Policy and Program Evaluation


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Double degree

This degree requires 96 units.

A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses are allowed.

42 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding

CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research Methods in Crime and Criminal Justice

CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control

CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour

PSYC2011 Perspectives on Crime from Psychology and Criminology

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

 

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

SOCY1002 Self and Society

SOCY1004 Introduction to Social Psychology

 

A minimum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH2130 Violence and Terror

CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy

CRIM2002 Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld

CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders

CRIM2005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences

CRIM2006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents

SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender

HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas

PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945

SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society

SOCY2160 Cybercrime: An Introduction

 

A maximum 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B

BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology

ENGL2081 Australian Crimes: Crime narratives on page, stage and screen

GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture

LING2105 Language and the law: introduction to forensic linguistics

POLS2096 Genocide Studies

SOCY2063 Corruption in our world

SOCY3123 Policy and Program Evaluation

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Criminology program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take the 7 compulsory courses and 7 courses of your choice from the specific lists.
You'll also get to choose eight electives from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Criminology degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Criminology degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take the 7 compulsory courses and 7 courses of your choice from the specific lists.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one degree requirement.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for at both the compulsory courses and area courses.

You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Criminology half of the double degree


Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in the compulsory and area courses, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.


Study Options

Bachelor of Criminology - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
PSYC2011 Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Study Plan for Semester 2 commencers Study Plan for Semester 2 commencers Study Plan for Semester 2 commencers Study Plan for Semester 2 commencers
SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology 6 units Course from Bachelor of Criminology Lists 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Bachelor of Criminology - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
PSYC2011 Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact students.CASS@anu.edu.au

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