• 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:

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

Code Title Units
CRIM1001 The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding 6
CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research and Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice 6
CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control 6
CRIM3001 Criminal Behaviour 6

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

Code Title Units
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCY1002 Self and Society 6
SOCY1004 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology 6

A maximum of 18 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
CRIM2000 The Illicit Economy 6
CRIM2002 Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld 6
CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders 6
CRIM2005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences 6
CRIM2006 Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents 6
CRIM2007 Order in the Courts: An Introduction to the Australian Judicial System 6
CRIM3002 Corruption in Sport 6
HIST2232 Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas 6
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice 6
POLS2100 Genocide - Post 1945 6
PSYC2011 Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology 6
SOCY2026 Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction, Drug Use and Gender 6
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society 6
SOCY2160 Cybercrime: An Introduction 6
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