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Criminology - unit set code MJ-A000045

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon law, sociology, history, psychology and other disciplines to address the substantive issues of crime, security, policing, and punishment. Criminology is also concerned with the social processes that shape criminalisation, control and security; the institutions of criminal justice; and the various theories used to explain crime, criminalisation and criminal justice practices. In this way criminology combines critical theory with an applied focus on the analysis of the policies, the practices of criminal justice professions, and other participants (for instance victims), and the shifting role of the state in the government of crime. Major issues addressed include the principles and practices of the criminal justice system, historical and contemporary shifts in the nature, organisation and practices of policing at local, state, national and transnational levels, the impact of and responses to terrorism and transnational crime, how deviant identities are formed and regulated, the role of law in the control of behaviour, and different practices for conducting criminological research.

On successful completion of the Criminology major sequence, students should have the following skills:

  • an understanding of the key theoretical traditions and debates within criminology
  • an ability to analyse key theoretical debates
  • an ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the substantive issues of crime, criminal justice, deviance, security and policing
  • an ability to analyse contemporary issues of terrorism, transnational crime drugs and policing in a theoretical informed manner
  • the capacity to identify the appropriateness, strengths and weaknesses of the different research methods applied to the study of a specific criminological issue
  • an ability to present criminological ideas and analyses before fellow students
  • knowledge of the range of sources of criminological ideas information, including electronic information from government and non-government sources.

The Criminology major sequence comprises 8 credit points including 4 core units and 4 elective units.

Students to ensure that they complete a minimum of 2 credit points at each of the levels 1, 2, and 3.

Core units

Trimester 1

ASL113 Understanding Crime (G, X)  (From 2014 Students to select ACR101)

ASL209/ASL309 Criminology (G, X)  (From 2014 Students to select ACR202)

Trimester 2

ASL111 Understanding Criminal Justice (G, X)  (From 2014 Students to select ACR102)

ASL214 Criminological Research Methods (G, X)  (From 2014 Students to select ACR302)

Elective units

Students to select 4 units from the following:

Trimester 1

ASL204/ASL304 Issues and Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (G, X)  * (From 2014 students to select ACR201)

ASL208/ASL308 Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Security (G, X, ONLINE)  * (From 2014 students to select ACR213)

ASL223 Eco Crime (G, X)  (From 2014 no equivalent ACR unit available)

ASL224 Crime and Psychology (G, X)  (From 2014 students to select ACR203)

Trimester 2

ASL219/ASL319 Drugs, Crime and Society (G, X)  (From 2014 no equivalent ACR unit available)

ASL222/ASL322 International and Comparative Criminal Justice (G, X)  (From 2014 students to select ACR301)


Trimester 3

ASL221/ASL321 Crime Prevention and Security (G, X)  ** (From 2014 students to select ACR211)

ASL225 Crime and Surveillance (G, X)  **(From 2014 students to select ACR210)


The following units may be taken in addition to the major sequence:

Trimester 1

MLP233 Criminal Law and Procedure (X)  

Trimester 2
MLP103 Police and the Law (G, X)  


* ASL208/308 and ASL204/304 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 odd years, Trimester 3 even years

** ASL221/321 and ASL225 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 odd years, Trimester 1 even years

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