You will be part of a unique cross-faculty program taught by UNSW Law & Justice and UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture. You will study 16 courses in Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Science, and a further 8 elective courses.
- Introduction to Criminology
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Explaining Crime
- Issues in Policing
- Crime, Politics and the Media
- Indigenous Perspectives in Criminal Justice
- Prison and Punishment
- Young People and Juvenile Justice
- Violent and Sexual Offenders
- State Crime and Human Rights
- Restorative Justice
- Psychology and Law
- Issues in Drug Policy
- The Criminal Trial
- Public Health and Corrections
- Explaining Punishment
- Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement
- Crime and Punishment in Historical Perspective
Dual mode (96 UOC) made up of
- Criminology Core (36 UOC)
- Social Science Core (42 UOC)
- Prescribed Criminology Electives (18 UOC)
Dual mode is available in 4034 Social Work (Honours)/Criminology & Criminal Justice and
4763 Criminology & Criminal Justice/Law.
Our graduates go on to make a difference in a range of key fields of criminology and criminal justice, including work in the following areas:
- Research and analysis
- Policy design and advising
- Project management
- Crime prevention
- Courts and Corrective Services
- Federal and State Police
- Security and intelligence
- Risk assessment and management
The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNSW is committed to ensuring students can translate knowledge into practice. We don’t just deliver the standard university lectures, but always look for ways to animate classroom discussions with real-world case studies and back this up by offering a range of experiential learning opportunities. We visit courts, prisons, hear first-hand from justice involved people and provide work placement opportunities with a range of criminal justice agencies and not-for-profits through our Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement course.
We want you to channel your passion into action, so you will also have the opportunity to bring together the research and analytical skills necessary for research and policy-related work, including preparation of a research proposal, literature review and the completion of a research project embodying the results of your research.
Crime and justice research networks
UNSW has a wide range of world-leading research centres undertaking criminological research. As a student, you will have the opportunity to engage with these networks and build your profile within the sector. Students can attend seminars, conferences, workshops and undertake internships with the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ), The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), the Institute of Human Rights, the Centre for Social Research and Policy (SPRC), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Kirby Institute. These are rare and exciting opportunities to be a part of a cutting-edge research culture and engage with others interested in pressing issues of crime and justice.
As one of Australia's most international universities, UNSW offers you the opportunity to spend a term or more overseas studying at one of our partner institutions as part of your degree. UNSW manages a large and active exchange program with over 200 different student exchange opportunities in 38 countries.
Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement
Eligible Criminology and Criminal Justice students have the option to enrol in an elective to gain practical experience and deeper understanding of the criminal justice and related agencies through a supported work placement. Students have been placed at key local criminal justice agencies, including the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Police, NSW Corrective Services, the Attorney General's Department, the Inspector of Custodial Services, Juvenile Justice, alongside a range of local NGOs working with young, at-risk and justice-involved people.
A fourth year honours program is available for high achieving students in the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Honours is an intensive study program that provides the opportunity to engage in specialised and extended research, to further develop research and analytical skills and expand graduate options.
Be Career Ready
The program aims to prepare you for your dream career. We integrate career readiness training into our program through our Criminology Capstone course, alongside the provision of mentoring programs, job-seeking modules, and professional career support opportunities.