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Criminology is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of crime, deviance, social control and the legal system. It aims to understand who commits crimes and why, the societal responses, and how laws impact the prevention of crime. You will examine the central criminological topics in contemporary society, such as policing, youth justice, criminal justice, sentencing, prisons and punishment, crime and media, indigenous justice, forensics, and human rights.

Students will be required to complete the following units of study:

  • Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies
  • Law and Contemporary Society
  • Studying Crime and Criminology
  • Crime, Punishment and Society
  • Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology
  • Crime, Media and Culture

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This minor is offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.

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Graduate opportunities

Our graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

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Units of study in this major

Please note. Not all the units listed below are core for this minor - please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

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