Bachelor of Criminology
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Criminology|
This course map is for new students commencing from 2017.
If you require a copy of an older course map, please contact Arts and Education Student Services.
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Duration||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||057849B|
|Deakin course code||A329|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.|
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 and 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. 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 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
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Review and analyse major social science theories and key criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge relating to crime and criminal justice issues, including the causes and consequences of crime, ways of responding to crime, media representations of crime, core debates in policing, security and surveillance, as well as broader issues of policy and politics, inclusion and exclusion, governing and governance, security, social justice, citizenship and human rights.|
|Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of criminological concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, to a range of audiences.|
|Employ a range of generic and specialist criminal justice-specific digital communication technologies to apply criminological knowledge and conduct social and criminological research and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences within and outside the field.|
|Analyse and critically evaluate theoretical approaches to crime problems and current policies and practices of governments and criminal justice practitioners and professions in the context of broad social change, new crimes, new responses and an increasing responsibility for preventing and controlling individual and complex crimes at local, state, national and international levels.|
|Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with accepted evidence-based criminological methods to generate innovative and pragmatic approaches and solutions to complex problems in the areas of individual crime, complex and organised crime, the criminal justice process, questions of justice and injustice, local, national and international policing, surveillance, privacy and technology, and domestic and international crime and security issues.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner, while working in the criminological field.|
|Work and learn collaboratively with others in the criminology field and from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning.|
|Analyse and address criminological issues in the domestic and global context as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards.|
Approved by Faculty Board May 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;
- 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.
Students commencing from 2014
|ACR101||Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)|
|ACR102||Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)|
Level 2 & 3
|ACR201||Issues in Criminal Justice (core)|
|ACR202||Criminology Theory (core)|
|ACR301||International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)|
|ACR302||Criminology Research (core)|
Plus at least six credit points from-
|ACR203||Crime, Victims and Justice|
|ACR204||Crime, Media and Justice|
|ACR210||Crime, Surveillance and Society *|
|ACR211||Crime Prevention and Security *|
|ACR212||Crime, Surveillance and Technology **|
|ACR213||Crime, Terrorism and Security **|
|ACR303||Criminology Practicum (2 credit points)|
*ACR210, ACR211 - Trimester 1 (alternate years 2018, 2020) and trimester 3 (alternate years 2017, 2019)
**ACR212, ACR213 - Trimester 3 (alternate years 2018, 2020) 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.