Graduate Certificate in Arts (Criminology)

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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Criminology)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * two compulsory subjects (25 points)
        * elective subjects (25 points) with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-004  Social Science Research Methods
    This subject aims to provide 2nd year students with a critical appreciation of different ways of approaching, undertaking and assessing research in criminology, sociology and political science, and the humanities generally. It emphasises the importan...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-302  Criminology and Public Policy
    Many criminology graduates find themselves researching, developing and applying crime policy in government, political and other contexts. This course helps prepare students for such work. As well as providing an overview of factors shaping policy in ...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    191-110  Law in Society
    Law in Society introduces students to theories and concepts of law and practices of law in contemporary Australian society. It will also provide a foundation both for socio-legal studies subjects in later years and for later subjects in disciplines s...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-101  From Graffiti to Terrorism
    This subject explores the motivations underpinning particular types of criminal behaviour. It begins with an overview of various definitions and ways of measuring crime and then looks at the causes of specific offences ranging through graffiti, to an...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-211  Law, Justice and Social Change
    Law, Justice and Social Change examines the ways in which law can be seen as both an instrument of positive social change and yet also as a means of confirming existing social arrangements and resisting social change. It considers what access to just...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-221  Critical Criminal Law
    Criminal law has a central importance in criminology, since it is the criminal law which determines the legality or illegality of behaviours. This subject studies criminal law as it governs court processes and selected offences within Victoria. The f...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-216  Terrorism: Shifting Paradigms
    This subject examines the various dimensions of ‘terrorism’ and its manifestations in various parts of the world. The various theoretical perspectives on terrorism are examined with particular reference to the historical, psyc...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-222  Policing
    This subject introduces students to the historical, political and social forces which shape police organisations, policies and practices. The subject covers the origins, functions and structures of contemporary policing , and identifies key emerging ...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-301  Law in Social Theory
    Law in Social Theory builds upon issues introduced in Law in Society, and Law, Justice and Social Change. It examines the theories of the function and role of law propounded by such writers as Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Habermas, Kennedy, Derrida and oth...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-311  Global Criminology
    This subject examines crime and deviance in a global perspective and on a global scale. A new area of criminological research, Global Criminology focuses on crime problems that have typically gone below the criminological radar. The subject will ask ...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-314  Crimes of the Powerful
    This subject analyses the crimes and harms of the powerful. It explores the types of harm: financial, physical and environmental that are perpetrated by government corporations and individual white-collar offenders. Various case studies of government...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-315  Crime and Culture
    Cinema and television have become immensely popular and influential cultural forms. This subject investigates the relationship between crime and culture by focusing on representations of crime and justice in film and television. The subject considers...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-316  Victims
    This course describes and assesses ways governments and societies respond to victims of crime and other adversities. A broadly sociological framework is used to analyze the history of victim movements and the discipline of victimology. Definitions of...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-318  Crime, Whiteness and Indigenous People
    This subject will be run as an Indigenous-focused course. It offers an examination of the relationship between Indigenous communities, western law and the practices and institutions of the criminal justice system. It explores differential theoretical...     Semester 2     12.50

    191-004  Social Science Research Methods
    This subject aims to provide 2nd year students with a critical appreciation of different ways of approaching, undertaking and assessing research in criminology, sociology and political science, and the humanities generally. It emphasises the importan...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-276  Punishment and Social Control
    This subject is designed to introduce students to the major forms and structures of punishment in our society. The subject examines why we punish individuals, how we do so, and how the punishment process can be viewed in a wider social context. The f...     Semester 1     12.50

    191-223  Order, Disorder, Crime, Deviance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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