• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code CRIM-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Courses in this major focus on crime, deviancy, policing and punishment. Completing this major will equip students with an understanding of the key issues relating to the criminological study of criminality, disorder, deviancy and social control. Particular attention is paid to the socio-cultural and political-economic processes influencing which individuals and social groups acquire a deviant label and how such an identity impacts upon the subject. Drawing on theoretical perspectives from sociology and criminology, courses will explore the interconnections between power, organisational and cultural representations of crime, social inequalities, and exposure to criminal justice interventions. They will also consider the emerging social and political implications associated with these relations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Criminology Major students will have developed:

  1. understanding of the social construction of crime, deviance and social control;
  2. a sound understanding of the dimensions of crime and key trends in Australia;
  3. the ability to acquire and interpret a range of data, both quantitative and qualitative, in areas of key criminological significance;
  4. the skills to critically evaluate criminological theories and explanations of crime causation, deviancy and social control;
  5. understanding of the socio-political contours and impacts of the criminal justice system on different individuals and groups;
  6. analytical skills that will enable them to engage with policy issues and key debates within the field of criminology;
  7. an awareness of social and cultural responses to crime, deviance and social control from an informed scholarly perspective
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

30 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
SOCY1002 Self and Society 6
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2062 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders 6
SOCY3016 Controversies in Crime Control 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6
SOCY2058 Studies in Social Problems 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender 6
SOCY1005 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society 6
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