Criminology

DISCIPLINE

Overview

Criminology investigates how crime can be minimised or prevented by harnessing the insight of a number of disciplines (like psychology and history). It also examines why some behaviours are defined as criminal and why certain people may become criminals. Criminologists’ studies are used to help law enforcers apprehend criminals more efficiently and help discover their motives to reduce the likelihood of similar crimes occurring.

Criminology is a diverse area of study that will always remain relevant in the community.

Merry Bandalan

Bachelor of Arts (majoring in criminology)

Dedicated criminology degree

Deakin has one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia, allowing specialised study for students seeking a career in the criminal justice system. Study topics that you won’t be able to elsewhere – like security, surveillance, terrorism and policing.

Criminology@Deakin

Criminology@Deakin is a forum dedicated to all things criminology. It’s also a hub for the important work that criminologists at Deakin are doing - and for regular articles and commentary that inspires.

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Take your studies to the next level with a higher degree by research in criminology. You could examine the effects of organised crime in the sporting world or change legal responses to violence against women.

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Our community

Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology

The society is devoted to promoting criminological study, research and practice. It brings together likeminded practitioners, academics, policy makers and students in all aspects of the field.

Career opportunities

There’s more to a career in criminology than what you see in the plot of a TV crime-show. Places and institutions you could work include:

  • academia – criminology research
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  • correctional facilities and prisons
  • community services
  • government agencies
  • paralegal work at a law firm
  • policy development for government – advising local and international legal jurisdictions as an academic researcher
  • security services
  • sociology and youth work
  • state and federal police.

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Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon talks about populist crime shows, representation of crime in the media, and the four broad issues that Deakin criminology investigates: crime, surveillance, security and justice.

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