Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for current students

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

Students enrolled in this course prior to 2014 may be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong).

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology provides a comprehensive course of study in this growing academic field. Deakin has one of the few dedicated criminology courses in Australia, allowing us to offer a wide variety of criminology topics. The degree provides a solid educational foundation in the principles of criminological thoughts and research that will enable graduates to choose between seeking employment in related industries or seeking to undertake further study. Deakin’s criminology program involves broad fields of study with students covering a considerable breadth and depth of crime and criminal justice issues, as well as specialisation in areas such as victimology, media, terrorism, crime prevention, security and surveillance.

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

The course aims to produce graduates with the ability to engage in debates concerning crime and justice issues, matters that are part of everyday life, and practical knowledge and skills in an engaging field of study with diverse career prospects.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities. You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies, completing the Bachelor of Criminology in just two years by making the most of Deakin’s trimester system.


Transition to University study

The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work 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.

Prerequisites
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.


Assessment
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, seminar 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 Services.

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

Students commencing from 2014:

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

  • at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the compulsory core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302;
  • 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;
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Course structure

Students commencing from 2014:

Students must complete at least 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the compulsory core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302.

Level 1

Trimester 1 and trimester 3

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)#

Trimester 2

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)#

##ACR101, ACR102 also offered at Waterfront (Geelong) from 2015.

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice (core)

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

Trimester 1 and trimester 3

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory (core)

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)

Trimester 2

ACR302Criminology Research (core)

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)

*ACR210, ACR211 - Trimester 1 (alternate years 2016, 2018) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

**ACR212, ACR213 - Trimester 3 (alternate years 2016, 2018) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2015, 2017)

Students commencing prior to 2014:

Continuing Criminology students who commenced prior to 2014 to contact Student Services Office for re-enrolment advice and to review Course Plans.  From 2014, most Criminology ASL coded units have been replaced with Criminology ACR coded units.

Criminology is being rolled out over a three-year period commencing 2014 in Burwood (Melbourne). In 2015, the following Criminology units will be offered on campus at Burwood: ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR203, ACR204, ACR210, ACR211, ACR212 and ACR213. In 2016, ACR301, ACR302 and ACR303 will also be offered on campus. Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student services office to review their enrolment plans



 

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