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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  • On Monday 8 December, the 2014 Criminology Dissertation Prize was awarded to Madeleine Ulbrick for her thesis One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: In Defence of Defensive Homicide (see abstract below). Maddy was supervised by Dr Danielle Tyson and Dr Asher Flynn.  The award was presented at a School of Social Sciences morning tea event for all  recipients of ... Read more
  • Dr Asher Flynn has been appointed a Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Warwick for three years. As part of the Fellowship, Asher will spend two months visiting the School of Law in 2015, where she will contribute to teaching, research and postgraduate development. The Fellowship will allow Asher to build ... Read more
  • Dr Claire Spivakovsky has published a new article with Punishment & Society. The article explores the coercive, restrictive and punitive ways that people with intellectual disabilities are contained and controlled through civil law. Arguing that criminology has largely ignored the existence of such civil mechanisms for detaining people with intellectual disabilities, Claire provides a case study of one such measure: ... Read more
  • The School of Social Science, particularly sociology and criminology, contributed significantly to the recent International Symposia on Migration held at Deakin University. Dr Marie Segrave along with Assoc Professor Anita Harris and Emeritus Prof Gary Bouma were invited to present at the two Symposia co-hosted by the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, TASA and ... Read more