Criminology provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of crime, including causes of crime and different techniques used to control crime, within the broader context of the criminal justice system. Criminology aims to develop specific knowledge in various crime types, including street crime, crimes in the home, serious and organised crime, transnational crime and terrorism, and key topic areas such as victims of crime, media representations of crime, surveillance and privacy, policing and security; and theoretical and practical skills in understanding and responding to crime problems.

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Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

Career outcomes

Promising career opportunities await in both the public and private sector, state and federal police, intelligence agencies and a range of law enforcement and anti-corruption and crime prevention agencies at federal, state and local government, correctional services, community services and private security industries.

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  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 (Core)
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102 (Core)
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201 (Core)
  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR210
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR213
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Criminology Theory ACR202 (Core)
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301 (Core)
  • Criminology Research ACR302 (Core)
  • Major study - students must complete six core units: ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

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