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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySouth Africa School of Social Science
Campus(es)South Africa
CoordinatorMs Tara Harris


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Crime is a fascinating subject. The number of books, movies and television programmes devoted to it attest to people's interest in the problem. So too does the extensive and often sensational coverage that crime receives in the media. But, as this subject reveals, crime is a complex issue. While studying towards a major in criminology and criminal justice, students will learn that it is considerably more complex than the superficial and romanticised portrayal it often receives in fictional writings and the media.

The study of criminology and criminal justice will equip students who have an interest in deviance, conflict, crime and victimisation - and communities in general - with the knowledge needed for creating and maintaining a safe society.

Crime and victimisation have severe consequences for the sustained development of a society, the economy and ecology. This subject provides expert knowledge to deal effectively with crime, conflict and victimisation and to promote a democratic and just society with a human rights perspective as set out in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights.


First-year level

Students studying a sequence in criminology and criminal justice must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • AZA1281 Explaining crime: Theory and practice
  • AZA1282 Introduction to criminal justice

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in criminology and criminal justice must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from List A
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of four units from List A. A minimum of three units must be completed at third year level.

Note: Where students undertake an inter-campus exchange, the minor or major can be comprised of a mix of units from their home campus and the exchange campus. For details on units available at other campuses, refer to the criminologycriminology ( area of study.

List A units

List B units

Relevant courses

4086 Bachelor of Social Science