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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MJ-A000045 (major)

MN-A000045 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (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 and 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 (4) units from below, including no more than two (2) credit points at level 3

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 (Core)
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102 (Core)
  • Complete the following 2 units from level 2:

  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201 (Core)
  • Criminology Theory ACR202 (Core)
  • Complete the following 2 units from level 3:

  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301 (Core)
  • Criminology Research ACR302 (Core)
  • Plus 2 units from level 2 or level 3, selected from:

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR304
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR305