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Criminology Major


Recommended for students with an interest in criminology and justice. This major will provide an understanding of the criminal justice system, offenders, policing and corrections in a contemporary environment.

It also includes skills required for employment, including Indigenous cultural responsiveness.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in the review and production of research and policy relevant to the justice system.
  2. Adapt knowledge and skills to work with young people and/or adults in custodial and non-custodial settings.
  3. Communicate criminological knowledge and ideas, to academic, professional and non-professional audiences.
  4. Demonstrate in depth, broad and coherent knowledge of criminological theories and research as required for competent practice in criminal and social justice professions.
  5. Demonstrate in depth, broad and coherent knowledge of legislation and procedural requirements to successfully case manage young people and adults in the justice system.
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in generating and planning evidence-based recommendations for criminological policy and practice.
  7. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to recommend appropriate solutions to issues in criminology policies, procedures and practice applying ethical and legislative perspectives.
  8. Review, analyse and synthesise theoretical and applied criminological information in the field of criminology and social justice.
  9. Take responsibility for own learning and development by reflecting on and evaluating practices, communication styles and performance feedback.


Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1104The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour15
CRI2115Psychology and Criminal Justice15
CRI2103Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice15
CRI2201Critical Aspects of Policing15
CRI3120Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System15
CRI3205 ^Professional Ethics, Accountability and Integrity15
CRI3206 ^Misconduct and Corruption Prevention15
CRI3103 ^Juvenile Justice15
CRI3112 ^Operational Policing15

^ Core Option

Possible future job titles

Security Analyst, Security Manager, Intelligence Analyst, Counter Terrorism Consultant, Security Consultant, Security and Risk Manager, Intelligence Officer, Strategic Risk Analyst, Security Profiler, Intelligence Profiler

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