The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology aims:
To provide students with a general and detailed knowledge and understanding of crime and criminology.
To equip students with a knowledge and understanding of criminological theories and concepts which offer explanations as to why people engage in criminal acts.
To enable students to understand the role of the courts, policing and corrections in criminal justice.
To address issues in criminology, particularly the roles of class, sex and race/ethnicity in criminal behavior and the social policy and correctional responses to it.
To provide students with a knowledge and understanding, and capacity to use qualitative and quantitative methods of social research and social investigation.
To teach students how to utilize the appropriate technology in criminology and criminal justice study and research.
To enable students to develop the ability to apply criminology theories, principles and concepts to address “real life” issues and situations in the criminal justice field, and thus the ability to engage in critical thinking/analysis.
To prepare students for progression to Masters’ courses and Ph.D. programmes
Criminologists strive to understand: why people commit crime, how they can be dissuaded from engaging in crime, how criminals/delinquents/potential delinquents should be treated and how victims of crime (including victims of domestic violence) could be helped. Therefore Criminology graduates may find employment in the criminal justice system as police officers, correctional officers or probation officers and in other agencies (even care agencies) that deal with criminogenic populations. In addition, they might find employment in the private sector (e.g. private policing, security and insurance agencies, digital gaming and cyber security).
This programme gives access to the M.A. in Probation Services and the M.A. in Criminology (by Research) offered by the Department of Criminology. Alternatively, they may opt to further their studies abroad to pursue work and career opportunities.