Bachelor of Criminology

The Bachelor of Criminology program addresses the causes, politics and management of criminality from a range of disciplinary perspectives. You will engage with key issues in contemporary criminology including definitions and representations of crime, victimization, policing, the criminal justice system, transnational crime, and restorative justice. The program draws attention to the social dimensions of crime and deviancy and assesses the effectiveness and implications of crime control measures. You will be taught by leading criminological scholars and exposed to cutting edge research in a diversity of areas. Topics covered in the program include: surveillance, policing, crime control technologies, the criminal justice system, understanding offenders, illegal drug taking and offending, anti-corruption strategies, causes and effects of genocide, and terrorism.

Bachelor of Criminology students learn to:

  • Understand the different dimensions of crime and the societal response to it
  • Apply criminological ideas to everyday examples
  • Understand the social conditions, forces and relations influencing crime and deviance, criminal justice system processes, and crime control interventions
  • Apply the research and analytical skills of criminology and social research more generally
  • Critically evaluate theories, concepts and methodology relating to crime
  • Critically assess criminal justice policies.

Typical courses

  • Violence and Terror
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Theories of Social Justice
  • Perspectives of Crime and Psychology from Criminology
  • The Criminological Imagination: Theory and Understanding
  •  Surveillance and Society
  • Controversies in Crime Control.

Criminology at ANU

The ANU has world-leading criminologists and prides itself on excellence in research-led teaching. The Bachelor of Criminology draws upon a range of disciplines to offer the very best in contemporary criminological theory and understanding. It will appeal to students looking for an engaging and stimulating program of study, wishing to immerse themselves in the field of criminology.

Criminology Major

A major in Criminology can also be taken through the Bachelor of Arts at ANU. The major requires the completion of 48 units which includes 30 units from core criminology subjects and 18 units of criminology electives.


In the Bachelor of Criminology you can apply to do an internship through the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP). This program provides you with hands-on opportunities to undertake a research project in a workplace for which you will gain academic credit. Through ANIP you can be placed with the Australian Federal Parliament, The Australian Public Service, or with non-government organisations (including lobby groups and aid organisations).

Career opportunities

In the Bachelor of Criminology you will learn about the drivers of crime and how society responds to it. The breadth of knowledge that you learn can be applied to many different industries and institutions. Graduates may find work in government, intelligence, correctional services, social work, journalism and policy making.

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