Criminology (Bachelor of Arts)



Criminology provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of crime, including causes of crime and different techniques used to control crime, within the broader context of the criminal justice system. Criminology aims to develop specific knowledge in various crime types, including street crime, crimes in the home, serious and organised crime, transnational crime and terrorism, and key topic areas such as victims of crime, media representations of crime, surveillance and privacy, policing and security; and theoretical and practical skills in understanding and responding to crime problems.

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Unit set code

MJ-A310005 (major)

MN-A310005 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Career outcomes

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, correctional services, community services and private security industries.

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  • To complete a Major sequence in Criminology select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Criminology select any four credit points from below, including (1) credit point only from level 1, at least (1) credit point at level 2, and at least (1) credit point from level 3.

Complete 6 units from:

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Explaining Crime
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminology Research
  • Plus 2 units from level 2 or level 3, selected from:

  • Crime, Victims and Justice
  • Crime, Media and Justice
  • Crime Prevention and Security
  • Inequality, Power and Justice
  • Surveillance and Social Justice
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security
  • Black Market Economics: Exploring the Underworld of Illicit Trade