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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Program code: 40270

Program handbook

Description

Criminology is the study of the social, cultural, biological, and psychological causes of crime and criminality.  It seeks to investigate the impact of crimes on victims, as well as the rights and obligations of individuals, communities and societies, and the role of criminal justice institutions that regulate and prosecute criminal actions.  Criminology is multidisciplinary, drawing on sociology, law, psychology, forensic science and other related disciplines to explain crime and its impact on a range of criminal justice stakeholders.

At the University of Newcastle, the degree program is focused on incorporating work-integrated learning into every course, at every level, culminating with a placement with a host institution relevant to the program.  This experience is critical in helping graduates transition into the workforce upon completion of their degrees, and is a central pillar to the identity of our graduates; they are work ready with a strong sense of social justice.

As a vocational subject, a Bachelor of Criminology leads to employment in a range of areas, including the police (State/Territory and Federal), community corrections and probations, juvenile justice and youth support, with family and victims' advocacy groups, and NGOs.  Aside from vocational opportunities, a degree in Criminology provides avenues for further study at Masters and PhD level, leading to careers in academia, research and policy.

As a reflection of the practical nature of the program, majors are offered in Law and Psychology.

The Legal Studies major allows Bachelor of Criminology students to engage in focused study of legal dimensions of crime and justice. Courses in the Legal Studies major develop practical skills that empower graduates to use contextual knowledge of legal institutions and processes in contributing to the operation of the criminal justice system. The Legal Studies major combines studies of local and regional law and policy issues alongside courses with an international law dimension to prepare globally aware graduates that contribute to the pursuit of justice in our region and at national and global levels. Note that qualification for admission to legal practice requires completion of both an accredited Law degree and practical legal training, such as the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Diploma of Legal Practice programs offered at the University of Newcastle.

Students in this degree who are doing a Psychology major will be much better equipped for working in the field of criminal justice with a strong background in criminology as well as a broad foundation in psychology.  The psychology major will equip students with a strong base of knowledge covering the influences on human behaviour as well as the underlying mechanisms of behaviour.  The psychology courses in this major focus on areas that intersect with criminal justice: mental health and mental illness, development and developmental disabilities as well as specific modules on forensic psychology (youth justice, filicide, compulsive homicide, and paranoid vexatious litigation.

 


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying prnciples and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidateand synthesise knowledge
  • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with inititative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
  • Professionalism: You will have developed a sound and critical understanding of the function and role of the criminal justice system
  • Professionalism: Worked independently and/or collaboratively, in a professional and ethical manner, in exploring ways to improve access to justice for those that come into contact with the criminal justice system
  • Professionalism: You will have engaged and/or collaborated with students from allied disciplines to explore the multidisciplinary nature of the criminal justice system
  • Scholarship: You will possess a scholarly and critical appreciation of the importance of the clarity of communication in the field of criminal justice; including written and oral submissions

Details

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Program code40270
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    The Bachelor of Criminology is a 240-unit undergraduate qualification. Admission to this program is available to Australian students and Australian residents. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    240 units

    Program duration

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    This program requires the successful completion of 240 units.

    Students must ensure that each major has a minimum of 60 units of unique courses.

    Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at 3000 level in each major.

    Students must not exceed a maximum of 100 units at 1000 level.

    Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

    Students have the following Pathway options to fulfil the requirements of the program::

    Pathway A

    Complete 80 units of Criminology core courses; and 160 units of electives; or

    Single Major Pathway B

    Complete 80 units of Criminology core courses; and ONE 80 Unit Major; and 80 units of electives.


    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following 80 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    CRIM1010Introduction to Criminology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM1020Victimology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2001Criminal Justice in Practice
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM2020Criminal Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    CRIM2030Criminology in the Legal ContextNot currently offered10 units
    CRIM3001Criminal Justice Placement
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    CRIM3010Crime, Power and the State
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    20 units

    Psychology Major

    Compulsory Courses

    Complete the following 60 units of compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC2500Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Disorders
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC2800Special Topics in Psychology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    PSYC3800Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    Directed Courses

    Choose 20 units from the following directed course list to fulfil the requirements of this major (a minimum of 20 units at 3000 level)

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    LEGL3009Law for Social Work and the Social Sciences
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    SCHS3001Social Sciences Supplementary Placement Course
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    10 units

    Electives

    Complete between 160 and 80 units of electives (pathway dependent) to fulfil the requirements of the program

    Complete 160 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

    160 units

    Additional information

    All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


    International students

    All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.