Bachelor of Criminology

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Criminology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code057849B
Deakin course codeA329

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 AIX117 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.

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.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,581Not applicable$23,480

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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;
  • up to 12 credit points can be non-ACR coded units;
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1 including ACR101 and ACR102;
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above including ACR201 and ACR202;
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302; 
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Students are encouraged to consider completing a second major and therefore may wish to select elective units in accordance with that major. Please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts for list of Faculty of Arts and Education major sequences.

Course structure

Students commencing from 2014

Course Map

Level 1

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)

Level 2 & 3

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice (core)

ACR202Criminology Theory (core)

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)

ACR302Criminology Research (core)

Plus at least six credit points from-

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)

*ACR210, ACR211 - Trimester 1 (alternate years 2016, 2018) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2017, 2019)

**ACR212, ACR213 - Trimester 3 (alternate years 2016, 2018) and trimester 1 (alternate years 2017, 2019)

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.

Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student services office to review their enrolment plans.