For criminology student Jacqui Turner, going on student exchange was something she couldn’t say no to. She landed an exchange at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. “Going on exchange brought me a deeper understanding of different cultures and my own perceptions of the world,” the third-year student says. “You learn a lot when you study in a different country, it teaches you to grow up and think for yourself.”
With one year left of her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Jacqui is setting her sights on the police force when she graduates; “I can’t wait to put my knowledge into practice. I have hope for a better world. The more I understand crime and the more educated I am, the more I’ll have the tools to help prevent crime.”
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Criminology is the study of the extent of crime, the effects of crime on victims and society, ways to prevent crime, the attributes of criminals, and the workings of the criminal justice system including the police, courts and prisons. Criminology is a great choice if you want a career in an organisation associated with the criminal justice system.
Throughout your studies you investigate and critically assess current approaches to crime and its regulation. You also develop your problem-solving skills related to criminology and criminal justice.
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:
- Department of Corrections
- Local authorities
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Social Development
- National and international human rights organisations
- New Zealand Customs
- New Zealand Police
- Non-governmental community groups.
Structure and content
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
- Knowledge of contemporary debates within criminology in regards to New Zealand society
- A comprehensive understanding of criminal justice institutions and crime in New Zealand
- The ability to critically examine criminal justice policies and practices
- Use of comparative paradigms to gain a greater understanding of criminal justice in the NZ context
- Awareness of community and crime prevention programmes
- An in-depth examination of topical and controversial aspects of crime and its control
- Being able to think beyond critique and engage in problem solving in order to envisage alternatives to present day criminal justice policies
- A practical understanding of the ways in which criminological concepts can be used in real world settings
- Knowledge of the international criminology context.
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.
COMM570 Academic Communication
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
CLSY500 Culture and Society
PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
POLS580 New Zealand Political Studies
SOSC583 Social Institutions
CRIM681 Understanding Crime
CRIM680 Policing and Society
SOSC682 Methods of Social Research
CRIM780 The Police and Crime Prevention
CRIM781 Prisons and Punishment
CRIM782 Understanding Restorative Justice
CRIM783 Current Issues in Criminology
CRIM784 Crime and Deviance
Who studies criminology?
- Are inquisitive and willing to challenge their assumptions about the world
- Are determined to enthusiastically apply themselves to understanding the complexities of crime and its control
- Are interested in understanding more about the police and crime prevention
- Are interested in the prison system and alternative aspects of punishment
- Are interested in the different causes of crime and its analysis
- Have a social conscience and who are interested in human rights issues
- Want to become experts in some aspect of criminology
- NZ Police
- Community Probation
- Mason Clinic
- Rethinking Crime and Punishment
- Local councils