Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code057849B
Deakin course codeA329

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology will give you practical, professional training and enable you to study critical analysis in the fields of policing, security, corrections, crime prevention and community safety, and various paralegal fields.


The course aims to produce graduates with the ability to engage in debates concerning crime and justice issues. You will be able to contribute to ongoing learning and reform within the criminal justice system, and contribute to enhancing citizenship and improved quality of life.


You will be provided with intensive theoretical and practical training in the area of criminology and associated disciplines.


The elective work placement/internship program gives you invaluable experience working with the local community.

Transition to University study

The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one of both or these units in their first year.

Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.

Multi-level offerings
A number of units within the course are offered at more than one level, with appropriate adjustments to assessment requirements. Students who pass a unit at a particular level cannot enrol in the same unit at another level. For example, ASL219/ASL319 Drugs, Crime and Society are offered at levels 2 and 3. If students pass this unit at level 2 they cannot enrol in it again at level 3.

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Criminology varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, workshop exercises and tests.

Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Support.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminology a student must complete 24 credit points of study including:

  • 12 credit points of Criminology units consisting of 9 credit points of core units and at least 3 credit points of electives;
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1;
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above;
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3; no more than 8 credit points taken outside Arts grouped units

Course structure

Core units


Level 1

Trimester 1

ASL113Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

ASL111Unit description is currently unavailable

MLP103Unit description is currently unavailable


Levels 2 and 3

Trimester 1

ASL204/ASL304Unit description is currently unavailable

ASL209Unit description is currently unavailable

ASL221/ASL321Unit description is currently unavailable

MLP301Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2


ASL208/ASL308Unit description is currently unavailable

ASL214Unit description is currently unavailable


Trimester 1

ASC320Unit description is currently unavailable *

ASS229Unit description is currently unavailable

MLP233Unit description is currently unavailable

Trimester 2

ASL222/ASL322Unit description is currently unavailable

ASL219/ASL319Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS206Unit description is currently unavailable

MLP302Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE112Unit description is currently unavailable ***


Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ASL311Unit description is currently unavailable **


Trimester 3


ASC270/ASC370Unit description is currently unavailable

* This unit is offered in the wholly online teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching.

** Internship units are normally undertaken in third level (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

*** Requires SLE010 Laboratory Safety Induction Program (0 credit points) as a corequisite.