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Bachelor of Social ScienceWith a Major in Criminology

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Social Science

Bachelor of Social Science

With a Major in Criminology

If crime, the criminal mind and corrections fascinates you, consider a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Criminology.

With a strong focus on psychology, law and society, this industry-recognised criminology degree gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected by crime.

You will understand why crimes are committed and how crime impacts society. Topics include the detection and prevention of crime, including policing issues and offender profiling. You will investigate how the corrections system works, including ethics and prison experiences and populations.

By examining the motivations behind criminal activity, you gain the skills to analyse trends, formulate policies and create systems for crime prevention.

Our graduates work in all areas of the justice system, from victim support to corrections programs.

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What are the entry criteria?

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.

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Career & Learning

Career opportunities

  • Community Development Officer

    Foster social change and improve the quality of life within communities.

  • Policy and Project Officer

    Lead specialist project activities and manage the development of policies.

  • Corrections Officer

    Monitor and supervise offenders, and help integrate them back into the community.

  • Immigration Officer

    Work to maintain effective immigration control based on the country’s immigration laws.

What you will learn

  • Forensic Psychology

    Get an introduction to the criminal justice system and the methodologies involved in forensic work.

  • Criminology

    Explore the detection, understanding and prevention of crime.

  • Corrections

    Explore key issues in corrections systems including treatments, ethics and prison experiences and populations.

  • Policing

    Gain an understanding of policing issues within criminology including training, selection and offender profiling.

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Course Units

  • Learning and Communicating Online (COM10003)
  • Sociological Foundations (SOC10004)
  • Australian Politics (POL10001)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (PSY10005)
  • Connecting with Culture: Indigenous Australian Experiences (INS10001)
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (FOR10001)
  • Fundamentals of Criminology (CRI10002)
  • Policing: Systems and Practice (CRI20001)
  • Cyber Crime and Security (POL30018)
  • Deviance, Difference & Conformity (SOC20020)
  • Corrections: Systems and Practice (CRI30002)
  • Capstone Unit: Advanced Topics in Criminology (CRI30001:)
  • Juvenile Justice and Crime (CRI30010)
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The main benefits of online study are balance, time management and convenience. If I’m working late or if I’m interstate I just have to power up the computer and start studying.

Cassandra, Swinburne Online graduate

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Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Criminology Course

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