Degrees of difference? A preliminary study of criminology degrees at Australian universities

Lorana BARTELS, Alyce McGovern, Kelly Richards

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Abstract

While the discipline of ¿criminology¿ has existed within Australian universities for more than half a century, the introduction of discrete ¿criminology¿ and justice programmes is much more recent. Little is known, however, about the current state of play when it comes to what a degree in ¿criminology¿ actually entails. With growing student enrolments in such programmes, reflecting on the status of these programmes is important in the context of student and employer requirements and expectations. Drawing on the findings of a preliminary study, this paper will explore what it means to study for an undergraduate degree in ¿criminology¿ in Australia. Specifically, we will focus on the content, availability and range of ¿criminology¿ and justice degrees available in Australia, in order to gain a better understanding of the convergences and divergences across degree programmes, and make some recommendations for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-146
Number of pages28
JournalAustralian New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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