The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) is a 108-unit program for which 72 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Criminology) normally requires one and a half years (three semesters) of part-time study. 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.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. International on-shore students may not be admitted to the Criminology stream. The Faculty Board may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
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 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Criminology
Core - Year 1 topics
18 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)
LEGL1201 Law in Australian Society (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
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)
Core - Year 2 topics
9 units comprising:
CRIM3401 Criminology in Practice (4.5 units)
CRIM3402 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis (4.5 units)
Option - Year 2 topics
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)