Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Information Technology - 2019

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Partner faculty

Information Technology

Admission and fees


Course progression map

A2009 (pdf)

Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

You have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)


Bachelor of Criminology

Bachelor of Information Technology

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Criminology

Bachelor of Information Technology

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


Criminology is the study of crime and social control. Crime, how we define it, how we understand its causes, and the ways we respond to it provides a window into a society's challenges, values and aspirations. You will consider the local, national and global aspects of crime and justice and become familiar with a range of lenses for understanding and assessing the efficiency and impact of society's changing understandings and responses. You will gain an understanding of victimisation and perpetration, inequality and its impacts, and approaches to understanding crime and difference and learn about crime committed by individuals, groups, organisations and states and the mechanisms of the criminal justice system including police, courts and corrections.

You will engage with research and policy leaders in crime and justice and experience criminal justice in action in a range of international, national and local contexts. The course challenges you to apply abstract knowledge to real-world problems of crime and justice and develop solutions. You will be equipped to identify credible evidence, to understand how to measure and analyse the impact of policy, and to develop informed, independent thinking skills.

This course equips students with industry-relevant specialist skills to prepare for working and living in a world of constant technological, environmental, political and population change. These skills include the capacity to critically evaluate evidence, develop and support arguments, conduct research using a variety of methodological approaches, advanced oral and written communication and an understanding of the possibilities and challenges of reform.

The globalising nature of information technology calls out for people who have both a strong technical background and an in-depth understanding of human society and the factors that are shaping it.

This double degree course is designed to meet this need. As a graduate you will have the technical expertise to shape and manage current and emerging technologies together with the lifelong communication, research and critical thinking skills that are acquired through study in the arts and humanities.

NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:

  • A2008 Bachelor of Criminology
  • C2000 Bachelor of Information Technology


The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double degree course and receive the awards.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 192 points:

1. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B and C as described below in Bachelor of Criminology component, of which:

  • no more than six arts units (36 points) completed at level 1
  • at least 36 points completed at level 3 of which at least 24 points must be arts units.

2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A and B as described below in Bachelor of Information Technology, of which:

  • no more than 10 units (60 points) completed at level one, and
  • at least six units (36 points) completed at level 3 of which at least four (24 points) are Bachelor of Information Technology listed (FIT-coded) units.

Criminology component

The Bachelor of Criminology is a specialist course that develops through three themes that combine to underpin criminology studies: Part A. Expert knowledge, Part B. Global reach and focus and Part C. Collaboration and innovation.

Part A. Expert knowledge, Part B. Global reach and focus and Part C. Collaboration and Innovation (96 points)

Part A: This will provide you with a foundational understanding of crime as a complex phenomenon, its social, economic and political impact, and the advantages and limitations associated with different strategies to address it. Students will gain an advanced understanding and develop critical thinking skills to reflect on important social issues such as inequality, vulnerability, and risk that have significant implications for the way we think about and deliver responses to crime, social justice, and security both in Australia and internationally.

Part B: This will enable you to develop an understanding of crime as a truly global phenomenon. You will learn about national and international criminal threats and develop the capacity to think critically about the role of states in creating crime and social harm. From a comparative standpoint, students will study the ways that crime manifests in different jurisdictions and how different societies define, govern and respond to crime. Students will gain practical and theoretical knowledge.

Part C: You will develop a suite of transferable professional skills to respond effectively to pressing criminal concerns. Students will learn the skills to engage necessary stakeholders to allow them to effectively formulate, influence and evaluate crime and justice policies and practices in a variety of professional contexts. You will develop a critical understanding and develop advanced communication skills for collaborative problem solving and be competent in working in teams to address the problem of crime.

Core units (60 points)

You must complete:

  • ATS1420 The global crime problem
  • ATS1421 The complexity of crime
  • ATS1422 Controlling crime, controlling society
  • ATS1423 Punishment, court and corrections
  • ATS2469 Victims, justice and the law
  • ATS2552 Crime, justice and the public
  • ATS2553 Indigenous justice in Australia
  • ATS3004 Crime, risk and security
  • ATS3255 Professional project 1
  • ATS3256 Professional project 2

Elective units (36 points)

You must complete either option 1 or 2 below (36 points), of which 12 points are at Level 3:

Option 1:

  • Two first year units in any Arts discipline (12 points)


  • Four units from the elective list below (24 points)

Option 2:

  • Six units from the elective list below (36 points)

Elective list

  • ATS2056 Crime and inequality
  • ATS3223 Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns
  • ATS3224Not offered in 2019 Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses
  • ATS2456 Cybercrime
  • ATS3322Not offered in 2019 Practical and comparative penology
  • ATS3308Not offered in 2019 Politics of crime
  • ATS3459Not offered in 2019 Prisons, power and punishment
  • ATS3462 International crime and justice
  • ATS3466 Sex, gender and crime

Study Tours

  • ATS3210 Study tour: Crime and criminal justice
  • ATS3231Not offered in 2019 Study tour: Europe, human rights and criminal justice
  • ATS3464Not offered in 2019 Study tour: Comparative criminology

Information Technology component

The Bachelor of Information Technology is a comprehensive course. In the double degree you complete the following two parts:

A. Information technology specified study (48 points)

This will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge for your IT education and ensure a breadth of understanding of IT and its applications in organisations and society.

You must complete:*

a. One introductory programming unit (6 points) from:**

  • FIT1051 Programming fundamentals in java
  • FIT1045 Algorithms and programming fundamentals in python
  • FIT1048 Fundamentals of C++

b. The following four units (24 points):

  • FIT1047 Introduction to computer systems, networks and security
  • FIT1049 IT professional practice
  • FIT2002 IT project management
  • FIT2094 Databases

c. One of (6 points):

  • FIT2001 Systems development
  • FIT2099 Object-oriented design and implementation

d. Capstone project units (12 points) or an industry-based learning unit (18 points) from one of the following combinations (depending on your chosen major):

Business information systems, computer networks and security, and software development majors

  • FIT3047 Industry experience studio project 1 and FIT3048 Industry experience studio project 2

Games development, and interactive media majors

Industry-based learning placement stream

  • FIT3045 Industry-based learning (18 points)***

* If a unit is used for both IT specified study above and a major, you will complete additional units offered by the faculty of IT to ensure a total of at least 96 points of information technology study (any unit starting with code FIT).

** Before making your choice, refer to your selected major as a particular one of these may be required for your major.

*** Six points of the 18-point IBL project will replace an elective in the major in Part B. below.

B. Information technology listed major (48 points)

This will provide you with a focused program of study that will develop your expertise in one area of information technology. You will develop the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge in your chosen major needed to successfully plan, develop, implement and evaluate information products and systems.

You must complete at least one information technology listed major. A major requires eight units with no more than two units at level one (12 points) and at least three units (18 points) at level three. You may replace the major with an extended major by using the elective units available in Part A or Part C.

If you intend to undertake an honours year you should ensure you complete the specific units required as a pre-requisite for honours in your chosen major.

Minors, majors and extended majors

Refer also to the table of minors, majors and extended majors by campusminors, majors and extended majors by campus ( which also details if an area of study is available as a minor, major or extended major.

Alternative exits

You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Criminology or a Bachelor of Information Technology after three years, depending on the units studied.

If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Criminology prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the Bachelor of Criminology degree.

If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A and B for the Bachelor of Information Technology degree.