Undergraduate

Criminal Behaviour

What drives people to commit crimes? Learn about the causes, interventions and prevention of criminal behaviour to prepare yourself for a career in the criminal justice system.

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MJ-CRIB

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Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

You’ll learn to challenge common perceptions of crime as you investigate why people commit offences, how to reduce or prevent crime, and how to help both victims and offenders involved in the criminal justice system.

You’ll examine punishment as a solution to crime while also considering the role of treatment as a response to criminal behaviour and the importance of reintegration.

Exploring criminal behaviour from a social, psychological, biological and legal perspective is an integral part of this course and you will consider the criminal behaviour of both adults and children. During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to learn the practical skills and ways of thinking that can help you forge a rewarding career after you graduate.

7 reasons to study Criminal Behaviour at Murdoch

  • Learn to make a difference in people’s lives as you explore what can cause criminal behaviour and how it might be prevented.
  • Challenge common perceptions of crime with insights into why people commit offences, how to reduce or prevent crime, and how to help both victims and offenders involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Develop research methodologies to take an evidence-based approach to your chosen field of work.
  • Develop analytical, creative and conceptual thinking to investigate social/crime problems from a criminal behaviour perspective.
  • Build your network from within our Law, Psychology and Criminology disciplines, making use of our strong ties to the Western Australian legal, psychology and business community.
  • Combine your degree or take on a double major in another discipline to expand your career prospects even further.
  • Learn from respected experts in their field who often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • criminal behaviour
  • psychology and law
  • children and crime
  • policing and crime prevention
  • culture, diversity and crime.

Your future career

With a degree in Criminal Behaviour, you could work in the criminal justice system in a range of roles in Australia or overseas.

Careers could include:

  • Community Correction or Liaison Officer
  • Juvenile Justice/ Youth Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Police Officer
  • Research Officer.

When you graduate, you will have the skills for a career within court and corrections facilities, police services, youth work, community groups, government departments and criminal forensics.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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