University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Criminology

Course code/s: LBCR, LBCRB

Course Details
Location Bundoora Bendigo
Course Coordinator  Anne Wallace
Course Code LBCR LBCRB
Available to International students YES NO
CRICOS 089314B
Course Duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange Opportunity Yes
Leave of Absence Available Yes
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Criminology is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice and associated fields such as policing, corrections, juvenile justice, crime prevention and advocacy, crime and justice related research and policy, intelligence, forensics and customs. This course is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the complex causes of crime as well as to contribute to the development of innovative responses to it. By combining subjects in Law and Criminology with electives drawn from other disciplines, this course fosters a unique interdisciplinary perspective that is of value in a range of vocational settings. In first year core subjects, students will be introduced to key issues in relation to crime and criminal justice and to the connection between the criminal justice system and human rights. They will also examine the sustainability of our present system in terms of its social and economic cost, environmental impact and access to justice. Later year subject on topics such as policing, sentencing and corrections, forensics, victimisation, and research and policy development provide an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of key areas of practice and employment. At third year, students have an opportunity to hone their skills and build confidence by undertaking a work placement.

Course intended learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of criminology and the criminal justice system;
  • Identify, research and create practical responses to issues in the criminal justice system
  • Identify, evaluate and apply approaches to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts;
  • Discuss and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of the various actors in the criminal justice system;
  • Justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions;
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of criminology as a discipline and practice and the varying explanations and strategies it offers for explaining and responding to crime;
  • Construct and communicate effective, appropriate and persuasive arguments;
  • Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism, and adopt a reflective approach to a student’s own capabilities and performance

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are VCE Units 3 and 4, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Criminology can be taken either as a pass degree or with honours. If taken full-time, the pass degree is designed to be completed within three years. To be awarded the Bachelor of Criminology, you must:

  • complete 360 credit points for the Bachelor of Criminology and a further 120 credit points for the honours degree
  • complete in sequence all 16 core subjects
  • complete a total of 8 elective subjects at the year levels set out in the course structure in the Bachelor of Criminology degree and 2 core subjects in the honours year of the course

Please note:

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit online subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship , Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

Course structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Criminology (LBCR) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 122 KB]

Current commencements from 2018

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM LST1LOJ OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Law Law, and (Dis)order Elective
Semester 2 LCR1CLC HUS1PDC LST1UNC OPTION
Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Professionals From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment  Understanding Crime Elective

Second year

Semester 1
OPTION
Victimology
Sentencing and Corrections
Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law
HUSS Elective
Semester 2
OPTION
Introduction to Forensic Science and The Law
Policing, Society and Democracy
Law and Practice of Customs and Border Protection
HUSS Elective

Third year

Semester 1
OPTION
OPTION
Socio-Legal Research International Criminal Law Criminology Elective HUSS Elective
Semester 2 LCR3ETA LST3LPC OPTION OPTION
Criminal Law, Ethics and Accountability Law, Policy and Community Criminology Elective HUSS Elective

Mid year intake - course structure

First year

Semester 2
Legal Institutions and Methods
From Prisons to Detention Centres
Understanding Crime
Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Professionals

Second year

Semester 1
OPTION
Dispute Resolution
Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law 
Law and (Dis)order
Elective
Semester 2
OPTION
Introduction to Forensic Science and The Law
Policing, Society and Democracy
Law and Practice of Customs and Border Protection
Elective

Third year

Semester 1
OPTION
OPTION
Victimology
Sentencing and Corrections
HUSS Elective
HUSS Elective
Semester 2
OPTION
OPTION
Criminal Law, Ethics and Accountability
Law, Policy and Community
Criminology Elective
HUSS Elective

Fourth year

Semester 1
OPTION
OPTION
Socio-Legal Research
International Criminal Law
Criminology Elective
HUSS Elective

Electives

In addition to the subjects set out below, students are recommended to choose their electives from the subjects offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to Subject Search guide for further details.

Subject Title
LCR3JVJ Juvenile Justice (S2)
LCR3INT Criminology Internship (S2)
LAW3JUS Justice after Atrocity (WIN)
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, SUM = Summer Semester

Honours

On completing the course of study which would lead to the award of the Bachelor of Criminology, students may be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours offered at the Melbourne campus. Enquiries about eligibility and potential study programs should be directed to the course coordinator.

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

Pre 2018 commencements

First year

Semester 1 LAW1DR LAW1LIM LST1LOJ OPTION
Dispute Resolution Legal Institutions and Methods Law Law, and (Dis)order Elective
Semester 2 LCR1CLC HUS1PDC LST1UNC OPTION
Criminal Law for Criminal Justice Professionals From Prisons to Detention Centres: Interrogating Containment  Understanding Crime Elective

Second year

Semester 1 LST2VIC LST2SCR LCR2PSY OPTION
Victimology Sentencing and Corrections Introduction to Forensic Psychology and the Law HUSS Elective
Semester 2 LCR2FSL LST2POL LCR2CBP OPTION
Introduction to Forensic Science and The Law Policing, Society and Democracy Law and Practice of Customs and Border Protection HUSS Elective

Third year

Semester 1 LST3SLR LCR3ICR OPTION OPTION
Socio-Legal Research International Criminal Law Criminology Elective HUSS Elective
Semester 2 LCR3ETA LST3LPC OPTION OPTION
Criminal Law, Ethics and Accountability Law, Policy and Community Criminology Elective HUSS Elective

Honours

On completing the course of study which would lead to the award of the Bachelor of Criminology, students may be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Criminology with Honours offered at the Melbourne campus. Enquiries about eligibility and potential study programs should be directed to the course coordinator.

For further information please contact ASK La Trobe (for current student enquiries) or call 1300 135 045 (for prospective student enquiries).

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