Bachelor of Criminology

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  • Objectives
    Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology will give you practical, professional training and enable you to study critical analysis in the fields of policing, security, corrections, crime prevention and community safety, and various paralegal fields. The course aims to produce graduates with the ability to engage in debates concerning crime and justice issues. You will be able to contribute to ongoing learning and reform within the criminal justice system, and contribute to enhancing citizenship and improved quality of life. You will be provided with intensive theoretical and practical training in the area of criminology and associated disciplines. The mandatory work placement/internship program gives you invaluable experience working with the local community.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 English (ESL) or 25 in Units 3 and 4 of any other English. Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Criminology
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
    A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

    * The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

    Career opportunities

    This course will produce graduates with skills and experience for positions in occupations such as criminology, policy development, intelligence, paralegal work, security services, sociology and youth work, within Australia and overseas. Graduates may find work in both the public and private sector including government agencies, state and federal police, ASIO, correctional services, community services, and private security industries.

    Course rules

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminology a student must complete 24 credit points of study including:

        * 12 credit points of Criminology units consisting of 9 credit points of core units and at least 3 credit points of electives;
        * no more than 10 credit points at level 1;
        * at least 14 credit points at level 2 or above;
        * at least 4 credit points at level 3; no more than 8 credit points taken outside Arts grouped units;
        * the successful completion of at least one wholly on-line unit .

    Course structure

    Core units
    Trimester 1

    ASL111 The Criminal Justice System  

    ASL209 Criminology  

    MLP301 Sentencing Law and Practice  

    Trimester 2

    ASL113 Crime, Criminology and Policing  

    ASL214 Designing and Conducting Criminological Research  

    ASC320 Sex, Crime and Justice in An Electronic Age  *

    MLP103 Police and the Law  

    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    ASL311 Criminology Internship  (2 credit points) **

    Trimester 1

    ASL204/ASL304 Issues and Ethics in the Criminal Justice System  ***

    ASL221/ASL321 Crime Prevention and Security  

    ASC270/ASC370 Sociology and the Law  

    ASS229 Anthropology of Crime and Violence  

    MLP233 Criminal Law and Procedure  

    Trimester 2

    ASL208/ASL308 Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Security  

    ASL222/ASL322 International and Comparative Criminal Justice  

    ASL219/ASL319 Drugs, Crime and Society  

    MLP302 Electronic Crime  

    HPS206 Psychology in the Criminal Justice System  

    SBF111 Fundamentals of Forensic Science  ****


    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    ASC204/ASC304 Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities  *****

    * This unit is offered in the wholly online teaching mode only - there will be no face to face teaching.

    ** Internship units are normally undertaken in third year (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should contact Arts and Education Student Support and Enrolment Enquiries on their campus for further information.

    *** Not offered 2009, offered 2010

    **** Requires SBS010 Laboratory Safety Induction Program (0 credit points) as a corequisite.

    ***** This unit is offered at Warrnambool in Trimester 1 and Burwood, Geelong and off campus in Trimester 2.

    Transition to University study

    The faculty offers two units ASC160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117Writing for Professional Practice which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one of both or these units in their first year.

    Wholly online units

    To ensure that all Deakin students have the skills to meet the demands of the modern workforce, undergraduate students are required to complete at least one unit of their study wholly online.

    The wholly online units offered by the Faculty of Arts and Education in 2009 are:


    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment  


    Trimester 1

    AIH265/AIH365 Great Debates: Unfinished Business of the Past  

    AIR236/AIR336 Global Capitalism and its Discontent  

    AIX391 Work Transition in the 21st Century  

    ALL379 Representing Australia  

    ALR383 Government Relations and Issues Management  


    Trimester 2

    AIP238/AIP338 The Politics of Fear  

    ALC314 Advertising: Designing Desires  

    ALC320 Approaches to Media: Audiences and Effects  

    ASC320 Sex, Crime and Justice in An Electronic Age  

    Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.

    Multi-level offerings
    A number of units within the course are offered at more than one level, with appropriate adjustments to assessment requirements. Students who pass a unit at a particular level cannot enrol in the same unit at another level. For example, ASL219/ASL319 Drugs, Crime and Society is offered at levels 2 and 3. If students pass this unit at level 2 they cannot enrol in it again at level 3.

    Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Criminology varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, workshop exercises and tests.

    Cross-institutional arrangements
    Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Support.

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

    Admission requirements - specific
    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 English (ESL) or 25 in Units 3 and 4 of any other English.

    Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission.  This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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