The Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) is a 108-unit program that must be studied concurrently with another Bachelor degree at the University, for which 72 units of block credit will be awarded on completion of the requirements of the other degree. The Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) is normally studied part-time over three years concurrently with the other Bachelor degree, thus adding one extra year to the overall study program. It is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law and may be studied online or on campus.
The stream undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Students who complete 36 units of Flinders topics according to the program of study below but who do not complete the requirements of their other Bachelor degree may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Letters (Criminology).
To gain entry into the Bachelor of Letters an applicant must be enrolled in a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) at an approved Australian higher education institution.
The course aims to provide students with:
- a broad understanding of criminological theory and its application in criminal justice contexts
- the skill of applying criminological knowledge in educational and professional settings
- the ability to communicate effectively in a range of justice-related contexts
- the skills to work independently and collaboratively in an array of projects of criminological significance
- an appreciation of the ways that ethical behaviour improves justice outcomes.
The course also aims to provide students with:
- a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen area of study
- the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired
- the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways
- the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- the skills to connect across geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries
- an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour
On the completion of the Bachelor of Letters (Criminology), students are expected to be able to demonstrate:
- a comprehensive knowledge of both classic and contemporary criminological theories
- a nuanced approach to interpreting the ways in which criminal justice systems function to deliver justice both in Australia and abroad
- the aptitude to apply criminological knowledge in educational and professional settings;
- the ability to communicate effectively in a range of justice-related contexts;
- the skill to work independently and collaboratively in an array of projects of criminological significance;
- knowledge of the ways that ethical behaviour improves justice outcomes;
- the ability to connect across boundaries having been exposed to international perspectives, case studies and examples in the curriculum.
Students will also be expected to be able to demonstrate:
- a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles of their chosen discipline, and as a pathway to lifelong learning
- initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and present a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
- critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
- application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Criminology), a student must complete the requirements for his/her other bachelor degree, and 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
No topic may be counted towards both the Bachelor of Letters and the student’s other bachelor degree, if that degree is studied at Flinders University.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Criminology
27 units comprising:
CRIM1101 Crime and Criminology (4.5 units)
CRIM1102 Criminal Justice System (4.5 units)
CRIM2205 Basics of Research Design and Methods (4.5 units)
CRIM3401 Criminology in Practice (4.5 units)
CRIM3402 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis (4.5 units)
LEGL1201 Law in Australian Society (4.5 units)
Choose 4.5 units from:
CRIM2201 Punishment and Society (4.5 units)
CRIM2202 Policing and Society (4.5 units)
CRIM2301 Criminal Law in Context (4.5 units)
Plus choose 4.5 units from:
CRIM3011 Current Issues in Criminal Justice (4.5 units)
CRIM3302 International Criminal Justice (4.5 units)
CRIM3304 Criminal Networks (4.5 units)