Bachelor of Criminology with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours at UNE?

Honours in Criminology is an intensive year-long program that enables students to research a topic they are passionate about. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own original research project and conduct empirical or theoretical research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the relevant field. It is the final year of undergraduate study for most students and provides students with an avenue into postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic. Students who complete honours can demonstrate to future employees that they have important job skills such as the ability to produce high quality work with minimal supervision, the capacity to engage with criminal justice agencies and important project management skills.

Honours can be one of the most enjoyable and challenging years of a student's undergraduate degree. Honours is a rare opportunity for students to dedicate an entire year to one area of study that is important to them and often allows students direct access to areas of the criminal justice system that interest them. In addition, honours offers students the experience of utilising all the skills they have learned through their undergraduate degree to produce a 15,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

Career Opportunities

Careers include positions in Policy Advice and Development, Policing and Corrections, Crime Prevention, Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare, Security Industry, Crime Intelligence Services, Drug and Law Support Services, Environmental and Industry Regulation, University Research and Teaching.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus
Trimester 3, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BCrim(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 064575J
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall have:

(a) satisfied all requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Criminology from The University of New England or equivalent AQF Level 7 qualification at another recognised institution; or

(b) satisfied all requirements of the Bachelor of Criminology in the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws degrees in The University of New England; and

(c) attained a Credit average in that qualification with at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in criminology including CRIM344 Criminological Perspectives, or equivalent.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall have completed all requirements for admission to the degrees of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws before being awarded the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for CRIM402H.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall have:
(a) satisfied all requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Criminology from The University of New England or equivalent AQF Level 7 qualification at another recognised institution; or
(b) satisfied all requirements of the Bachelor of Criminology in the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws degrees in The University of New England; and
(c) attained a Credit average in that qualification with at least Distinction standard in 18 credit points at 300 level in criminology including CRIM344 Criminological Perspectives or equivalent.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall have completed all requirements for admission to the degrees of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws before being awarded the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for CRIM402H.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class l, Class ll, and Class lll. Class ll shall have two divisions. The final class of honours will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work.

An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

Submission of Dissertation

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester for which a candidate is enrolled.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners.

2. The examiners may be internal or external to The University of New England at the discretion of the course coordinator.

3. A dissertation will not be examined by a candidate's supervisor, but the supervisor should be consulted in the determination of the final result.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Criminology with Honours is concerned with understanding social constructions of crime and criminality. It provides graduates with a unique opportunity to develop both theoretical and practical skills and an understanding of criminology within a local and international context.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. produce a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write critically;
  2. demonstrate the practical use of criminological research and study within the criminal justice system, through conducting empirical or theoretical research that contributes new knowledge to a particular criminological field of knowledge. Graduates will demonstrate the necessary skills to complete empirical research, and where applicable, will produce an ethics application;
  3. demonstrate an ability to understand and critically evaluate criminological and legal literature, including policy and government documents, legislation and media articles. Locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of academic and non-academic sources in an appropriate manner; and
  4. apply advanced academic writing skills and communicate findings in an appropriate form and at an appropriate level.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have coherent and advanced knowledge of one particular area of criminology that the student has selected to study. Students will be guided by their supervisor to identify important resources that will be used as the basis for their dissertation. This knowledge will then be assessed throughout the degree through a range of written assessment tasks, including the dissertation.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills and be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. Students' communication skills will be enhanced by their supervisor. Students will be required to demonstrate their high level of communication skills when completing ethics applications, contacting potential research participants, conducting empirical research and writing the results in a dissertation. These skills will include oral and written communication skills that are appropriate for students to use within the workplace.

Global Perspectives

Graduates will demonstrate an understanding, and appreciation, of the processes through which current knowledge has evolved in their major and other fields of study. They will also appreciate that they are part of a community of scholars and recognise the cultural context of current knowledge. Students will gain a global perspective of their particular area of criminological study when conducting a literature review.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be directed to relevant criminological literature and taught how to assess its validity. Students will be assessed on their ability to identify relevant literature and on their ability to critically analyse the literature.

Life-Long Learning

The development of intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills will be fostered throughout the honours program. Through completing the assessments and dissertation, students will be provided with the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write and discuss social issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline and will be useful in any research positions.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence. With initiative and judgement these skills will enable students to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts. During the course of their studies, students will need to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources throughout their degree. Students will be taught how to evaluate and interpret information in a useful manner. Students will be assessed on their ability to deconstruct relevant literature and how to integrate theory and literature into their work.

Social Responsibility

Graduates will be aware of their professional responsibilities as a researcher to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, students will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Team Work

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters. Students will be required to participate in professional, respectful and ethical discussions with their supervisor on issues associated with criminology. In addition, students who will be conducting empirical research will need to work with various criminal justice agencies and practitioners to collect and present their research.

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