Criminology courses

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Introduction to Criminology

In studying a degree in criminology, you'll break down the complex issues that affect the criminal justice system, and probe the role of policing, corrections and reform programs.

Explore contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice including youth justice, cybercrime, victimology and policing. Apply your knowledge of prevention theories, techniques and crime reduction programs to real world issues, situations and cases. Learn how to quick analyse and synthesise information. Understand how to communicate with people involved in the criminal justice system from victims through to law enforcement officials.

Build on your criminology major and work towards a career safeguarding the public or investigating crime.

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La Trobe University

UndergraduateLTU-LST1UNC

Understanding Crime

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Curtin University

PostgraduateCUR-PSB530

Crime and Mental Health

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

Griffith University

UndergraduateGRF-CCJ109

Doing Criminology

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-CRIM101

The Criminal Justice System

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

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Griffith University

Qualified criminology practitioners are in demand nationally

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Criminal Justice
Edith Cowan University

Prepare for a fascinating career in the criminal justice system

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-CRM-DEG

Bachelor of Criminology

Get hands-on with criminology

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Criminal Justice Major
  • Justice and Indigenous People Major
  • Justice Politics and Society Major
  • Policing and Corrections Major
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Criminology highlights

  • Develop strong research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Analyse and explain real world criminology issues.
  • Develop and formulate innovative criminology policies.

Criminology specialisations

  • Understand how to communicate with stakeholders within the justice system.
  • Develop strategies to work with young people, victims of crime and offenders.
  • Hone your research principles and methods to find what you need quickly.

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