Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)

Course 095-CR (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of criminology and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed a four year BA (Honours) with a research component in criminology.

Course coordinator:
Dr Julie Evans
School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • have a rounded knowledge of criminological theory regarding the nature of crime and its control;
  • acquire skills in research procedures for the analysis of criminological issues, including the ability to plan and organise research;
  • gain an understanding of major elements of public policy debates relating to crime and its control, especially as these impact upon various parts of the criminal justice system;
  • develop an overview of the emerging alternatives posed for organising various aspects of the criminal justice system;
  • receive instruction and advice, and have experience, in writing a preparatory research thesis on a criminological topic.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
  • Two compulsory subjects (25 points)
  • One core methods subject (12.5 points)
  • Two elective subjects (25 points)

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Subject Options: Thesis subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Compulsory subjects
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Core methods subjects
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Elective subjects
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Semester 2
Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in criminology or cognate discipline and a grade average of at least H2B (70%) or equivalent in the major
  • a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology) with a grade average of at least H2B (70%) or equivalent
  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline plus relevant professional work experience in criminology, criminal justice or a related field.

Referee reports and employers' references to assess the applicant's eligibility may be required.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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