Criminology (Bachelor of Health Sciences/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 ACR101
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  • Plus 2 units from level 2 or level 3, selected from:

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Inequality, Power and Justice ACR214
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology ACR215
  • Surveillance and Social Justice ACR304
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR305