Bachelor of Criminology
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Criminology|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester3)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,416* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|CRICOS course code||057849B|
|VTAC Codes||1400314631 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514631 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614631 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||A329|
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 overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
As a graduate of this course, promising career opportunities await in both the public and private sector, state and federal police, intelligence agencies, and a range of law enforcement, anti-corruption and crime prevention agencies at federal, state and local government level, as well as in correctional services, community services and private security industries.
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.
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.
|ACR101||Introducing Crime and Criminology (core)|
|ACR102||Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice (core)|
|ACR201||Issues in Criminal Justice (core)|
|ACR203||Crime, Victims and Justice|
|ACR210||Crime, Surveillance and Society *|
|ACR211||Crime Prevention and Security *|
|ACR212||Crime, Surveillance and Technology **|
|ACR213||Crime, Terrorism and Security **|
|ACR204||Crime, Media and Justice|
|ACR202||Criminology Theory (core)|
|ACR301||International and Comparative Criminal Justice (core)|
|ACR302||Criminology Research (core)|
|ACR303||Criminology 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
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.
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 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.
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.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants. Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.