Welcome to Criminology

  • Crime is an issue which all citizens and governments confront on a daily basis. Many thousands of people in the public and private sectors are employed in dealing with the prevention and consequences of crime. They make important decisions about the daily lives and freedoms of thousands of citizens. The causes of crime and how it should be dealt with are the subject of intense debate.

    The Criminology program provides students with the skills to understand the complexities of crime, to learn about the various stages of the criminal justice system, to critically analyse its workings and tensions and to explore alternative strategies.

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Latest News

  • Associate Professor Micol Seigel, Indiana University, United States When refugees from Southeast Asia began to arrive in the U.S. in high numbers in the late 1970s, a surprising cohort of assistance workers emerged to help: U.S. police who had worked in the region training local law enforcement agents before and during the Vietnam War. The program that ... Read more
  • As reported in The Age, Monash researchers including Dr Anna Eriksson, are recipients of a grant to examine the experience of those with acquired brain injury in the Victorian criminal justice system, particularly  in Victorian prisons. It has been recognised that there is a higher percentage of acquired brain injury amongst Victorian prisoners than the rate ... Read more
  • The Monash Criminology Seminar Series continues in 2014 with a lineup of informative and challenging presentations by a wide range of academics and practitioners in the field. Read more
  • Solitary Confinement and Supermax Prisons: A Necessary Evil or Necessarily Evil?  Solitary confinement is one of the most extreme, yet enduring, prison practices, dating back to the 19th century. As personal accounts and the medical literature throughout its history testify, it is also one of the most painful forms of confinement, which can legally be imposed on prisoners and detainees. ... Read more


  • The International Visiting Scholar in Criminology program at Monash University provides staff and students with the opportunity to collaborate with the global criminology academic community. Scholars deliver seminars as part of the International Visiting Scholar Lecture Series and also run formal and informal teaching sessions for postgraduate students. This scheme enables the strengthening of research, writing and teaching ... Read more
  • Congratulations to two of our 2013 honours cohort, Amy White and Harriette Curtis, who have jointly won the Monash & Neighbourhood Justice Centre Criminology Research Report Award. As part of their coursework unit, Amy and Harriette (along with the other criminology students) prepared a 5,000 word report on an issue of significant importance to the ... Read more