Criminology for 2011

26 November 2010

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce some exciting new initiatives on behalf of its postgraduate Criminology Program for 2011.

For the first time, Sydney Law School, in conjunction with its Institute of Criminology, will administer a Criminal Justice Internship, which will provide the opportunity for students to experience working in criminal justice agencies.

"The Internship will run as an official unit of study as part of the Sydney Law School's postgraduate program," said coordinator, Garner Clancey.

"It will consist of practical field work at a variety of criminal justice organisations for one day a week for the semester in addition to four intensive seminars."

In addition to this new internship, two new units of study are scheduled for 2011.

Forensic Psychology will examine the application of psychological knowledge and theories to all aspects of the criminal and civil justice systems.

Delivered as a semester length unit of study in semester one, it will be taught by Dr Helen Paterson, who is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney.

Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice will examine the importance of understanding history in order to provide a context for viewing the current relationship between indigenous Australians and non-indigenous Australians involved in the criminal justice process (including police, lawyers and the judiciary).

Delivered as a semester two intensive in late September and early October 2011, it will be taught by Professor Chris Cunneen from James Cook University.

Professor Cunneen is a leading Australian and international criminologist.

Prior to commencing at JCU he held the Global Chair in Criminology at the University of New South Wales from 2006-2010.

Previously, Professor Cunneen taught criminology at Sydney Law School from 1990-2005 and was Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney from 1999-2005.

These units of study are available as part of the following postgraduate degrees at Sydney Law School:

Master of Criminology (MCrim)

Graduate Diploma in Criminology (GradDipCrim)

Other units of study available to complete as part of the Criminology program in 2011 include:

Anti-Terrorism Law

Criminal Procedures

Criminology Research Project

Death Law

Explaining Punishment

International & Comparative Criminal Justice

Mental Illness: Law & Policy

Young People, Crime and the Law

Sydney Law School's Criminology program is informed by the Institute of Criminology.

The Institute is an internationally recognised centre of criminological expertise.

It publishes the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice and a series of books in the areas of crime and criminal justice.

Objectives of the Institute include public education and engagement, the presentation of public and professional seminars, the provision of media commentary and the creation and maintenance of research networks.

Researchers within the Institute are involved in a broad range of activities from the evaluation of criminal justice and crime prevention interventions to ground breaking original research.

The Institute draws on the academic areas of law, sociology, psychology and cultural studies, as well as on the contributions of members of the legal profession and various government bodies.

Forthcoming events include a one-day workshop on 24 January 2011, which will consider diverse aspects of crime in cities and review various prevention strategies - SafeGrowth and City Crime - Co-Design, Eco-Parks, Funky Laneways and Fixing Deadzones - 24 January

The Institute recently published a Vocational Guide to assist students in taking advantage of the many career and employment opportunities that available.

Sydney Law School also surveyed up to 150 students enrolled in its criminology units between Semester 2 2009 and Semester 2 2010.

Results indicated that up to 85% of students enrolled do so for professional and academic interest.

For further information on studying postgraduate Criminology at Sydney Law School, please contact the Information Desk:

T: +61 2 9351 0351


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 7544141201391a36060f5b5e4721366b231557005630542b1d3146070c