The AUT Criminology degree is the first programme of its type developed in Auckland.
Criminology is the study of:
A unique aspect of this major is the placement of students with agencies and organisations in the third year of the degree. This means you can gain practical experience in criminology or criminal justice related matters.
This major will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the field of criminology, drawing upon the theory and practice of both national and international contexts.
You will explore crime and its control in New Zealand and other jurisdictions. It is our goal to educate students to assess the research literature within the discipline and formulate critiques of current approaches to crime and its regulation.You will also be encouraged to think beyond critique and engage in problem solving.
Key skills students learn
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.
For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
145713 Writing or 165600 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
285104 Research and Analysis
287901 Cooperative Education
955203 Communication and Presentation Systems
285001 Introduction to Psychology A
285702 Introduction to Sociology
285706 New Zealand Political Studies
286107 Criminology and Criminal Justice
286109 Understanding Crime
286110 Policing and Society
287001 The Police and Crime Prevention
287004 Prisons and Punishment
287005 Understanding Restorative Justice
287006 Current Issues in Criminology
287206 Crime and Deviance
NZ Police, Community Probation, Mason Clinic, Rethinking Crime and Punishment, Local Councils.
Criminology is an excellent topic to study if you want to pursue a career in an organisation associated with the criminal justice system. Occupations include those within:
Kait Konings — who was a mature student at AUT — says going to university was the best thing she could have done.
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