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Criminology is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of crime, deviance, social control and the legal system. Over the past 50 years, criminology has evolved into a rich, broad-based discipline, no longer narrowly focused on crime and punishment. Contemporary criminological scholars investigate a broad range of topics including justice, conflict, risk, security, insurance, policing, governance and regulation. Criminology is shaped not only by scholars in law, philosophy, psychology and sociology, but also those in history, politics, economics, architecture, cultural studies, and other interdisciplinary fields.

Criminology aims to provide you with a critical and informed understanding of crime and justice issues in contemporary society. At UNSW we use an interdisciplinary approach that integrates disciplinary knowledge from Sociology, Psychology, History, Law and Policy Studies, to provide a critical and theoretically informed understanding of crime and the justice system, criminal law and procedures, criminological research methods, as well as a range of current issues with respect to social control, juvenile justice, human rights, regulation, and penal policy.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Minimum Units of Credit

24

Specialisation Type

Minor

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC.

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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