single degree

Bachelor of Criminology

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

BCRIM
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Criminology
  • Academic contact

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:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRIM1001 - Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality (6 units)

CRIM1002 - Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime (6 units)

CRIM3001 - Professional Perspectives on Crime and Prevention (6 units)

CRIM3005 - Diversity and Crime: Equality in the Criminal Justice System (6 units)

CRIM3010 - Doing Criminology: Research and Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice (6 units)

SOCR1001 - Foundations of Social Research (6 units)

SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

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

ANTH1002 - Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology (6 units)

ANTH1003 - Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality (6 units)

ASIA1025 - Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change (6 units)

ASIA1030 - Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)

ECON1101 - Microeconomics 1 (6 units)

ECON1102 - Macroeconomics 1 (6 units)

GEND1001 - Sex, Gender and Identity: An Introduction to Gender Studies (6 units)

GEND1002 - Reading Popular Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Studies (6 units)

HIST1209 - Terror to Terrorism: A History (6 units)

INDG1001 - Country, Kinship and Continuities: An Introduction to Australian Indigenous Studies (6 units)

INDG1002 - Resilience, Responsibility, and Resurgence: First Peoples' Experiences and Ways of Being (6 units)

INTR1021 - Understanding Peace and Conflict (6 units)

INTR1022 - Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (6 units)

LING1001 - Introduction to the Study of Language (6 units)

LING1002 - Language and Society (6 units)

PHIL1004 - Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction (6 units)

PHIL1005 - Logic and Critical Thinking (6 units)

PHIL1008 - Introduction to Ethics (6 units)

POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

POLS1006 - Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (6 units)

SOCY1002 - Self and Society (6 units)

SOCY1004 - Economy and Society: Work, Care and Identity (6 units)

STAT1003 - Statistical Techniques (6 units)

STST1001 - Introduction to International Security Studies (6 units)

WARS1001 - War in the Modern World, 1789 to today (6 units)


A maximum of 30 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH2017 - Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today (6 units)

ANTH2130 - Violence and Terror (6 units)

BIAN2128 - Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology (6 units)

CRIM2000 - The Illicit Economy (6 units)

CRIM2002 - Organised Crime: Understanding the Underworld (6 units)

CRIM2003 - Controversies in Crime Control (6 units)

CRIM2005 - Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences (6 units)

CRIM2006 - Young People and Crime: Developmental Criminology and its Discontents (6 units)

CRIM2007 - Order in the Courts: An Introduction to the Australian Judicial System (6 units)

CRIM2008 - Punishment and Society: An Introduction to Penology (6 units)

CRIM2009 - Corruption in our World (6 units)

CRIM2010 - Cybercrime: An Introduction (6 units)

CRIM2011 - Special Topics in Criminology (6 units)

CRIM2013 - Policing (6 units)

CRIM2014 - Introduction to Crime Science (6 units)

CRIM2015 - Targeted Violence: Criminological Approaches to Understanding and Prevention (6 units)

HIST2232 - Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas (6 units)

LING2105 - Forensic Linguistics: Language and the Law (6 units)

PHIL2020 - Theories of Social Justice (6 units)

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

PSYC2011 - Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology (6 units)

SOCY2026 - Excessive Appetites: Sociocultural Perspectives on Addiction and Drug Use (6 units)

SOCY2157 - Surveillance and Society (6 units)


A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 - Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)

ANIP3005 - Australian National Internships Program B (12 units)

CRIM3002 - Corruption in Sport (6 units)

CRIM3003 - Criminology at the Scene 1 (6 units)

CRIM3004 - Criminology at the Scene - Extended (12 units)

CRIM3006 - Crime Prevention: Evaluation Theory and Practice (6 units)

INDG3001 - First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

LING3032 - Forensic Linguistics: Forensic Voice and Text Comparison (6 units)

POLS3036 - International Terrorism (6 units)

SOCR3001 - Data for Decision Making (6 units)

SOCY3001 - Research Internship (6 units)

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Capstone Courses

[CRIM3001, CRIM3005]

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 Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality 6 units 6 Units from the 1000 level list or ANU Elective Course 6 Units ANU Elective Course 6 Units ANU Elective Course 6 Units
CRIM1002 Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime 6 units SOCR1001 Foundations of Social Research 6 units 6 units from the 1000 level list or 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 max 30 units list 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list ANU Elective Course 6 Units
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list or min 12 units list 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list or min 12 units list ANU Elective Course 6 Units
Year 3 48 units CRIM2001 CRIM3005 Diversity and Crime: Equality in the Criminal Justice System 6 units 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list or min 12 units list ANU Elective Course 6 Units
CRIM3001 Professional Perspectives on Crime and Prevention 6 units 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list or min 12 units list 6 units from BCRIM max 30 units list or min 12 units list ANU Elective Course 6 Units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
  • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
  • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
  • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
  • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:
  • ATAR or equivalent if secondary education was completed; or the Special Adult Entry Scheme (SAES); or work experience; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements listed below.


International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here . Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
80
International Baccalaureate:
29

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant’s Selection Rank (for example an applicant’s ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$44,390.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)@

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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 crime and criminal justice from a range of disciplinary perspectives.


You will develop an understanding of a range of issues in contemporary criminology including definitions and representations of crime, the complex social, political, and individual factors that underpin criminal activity, the operation of the criminal justice system. We offer courses on policing, the courts, prisons and punishment, organised crime, transnational crime, drugs and crime, young people and crime and more.  The Bachelor of Criminology also has a strong focus on empirical methods and debates. This provides our graduates with valuable skills that translate across many career paths. 


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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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, criminal justice institutions, social work, the non-government sector, research, consultancy, journalism and policy making.

Learning Outcomes

  1. better understand the social conditions, forces and relations influencing crime and deviance, criminal justice system processes, and crime control interventions;
  2. develop analytical techniques and research skills for applied use in the fields of criminology and in social research;
  3. critically evaluate scholarly theories, concepts and methodological approaches relating to all aspects of contemporary criminological inquiry;
  4. critically evaluate criminal justice policies and practices from an informed interdisciplinary perspective; and
  5. express complex ideas and arguments across multiple modalities of communication when engaging with a range of relevant audiences in a clear, effective, appropriate and ethical manner.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

Further Information

Students completing SOCR1001 - Foundations of Social Research; SOCY2038 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods; SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Methods; and CRIM3010 - Doing Criminology will effectively complete the Minor in Social Research Methods (SORM-MIN)

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 There are a few items to note:

  •  Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

Students starting in Semester 1–single degree Bachelor of Criminology, example

Semester 1

CRIM1001

1000 level list or free elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

Semester 2

CRIM1002

SOCR1001

CRIM course

Elective

Students starting in Semester 2– single degree Bachelor of Criminology, example

Semester 2

CRIM1002

SOCR1001

1000 level list or free elective

Free elective

Semester 1

CRIM1001

CRIM course

1000 level list or free elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.


Double degree

Students starting in Semester 1– double degree Bachelor of Criminology, example

Semester 1

CRIM1001

1000 level list

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

CRIM1002

SOCR1001

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Students starting in Semester 2– double degree Bachelor of Criminology, example

Semester 2

CRIM1002

SOCR1001

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

CRIM1001

1000 level list

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Enrolment Status



Electives



Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CRIM1001 Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality 6 units 1000 level list or free elective Free Elective Free Elective
CRIM1002 Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime 6 units SOCR1001 Foundations of Social Research 6 units CRIM course Elective

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CRIM1001 Criminological Imaginations: Understanding Criminality 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree
CRIM1002 Criminological Perspectives: Understanding Crime 6 units CRIM course Course from other degree Course from other degree

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
- - - -

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.

 


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