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Minor in Criminology

Based around two existing papers (SOCI 103 and CRIM 201), the criminology minor provides the opportunity to study core concepts in the sociology of crime and deviance alongside more specialist papers in:

  • Criminal justice processes and the sociology of legal systems
  • Psychological dynamics within legal processes like trials
  • The role and dynamics of crime as an element of media narratives
  • Issues of victimhood and cultural discourses of victimhood
  • Theories of justice within wider systems of governance
  • The relevance and political significance of terrorism
  • How gender and embodiment are key elements of governance and legal processes
  • The cultural construction of evil as an important dynamic in societies
  • The way in which money operates as an element of cultural discourse including the cultural status of fraud and financial crime

The criminology minor provides an excellent adjunct to major programmes in a number of disciplines

The minor is hosted by us and supported by teaching from the following programmes:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Forensic Biology
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Law
  • Media, Film and Communication
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology.

Further papers will be added to the minor with plans to introduce specialist papers in nationalism and crime and in alternative justice approaches like restorative justice.

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Diploma for Graduates in Criminology

The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) programme is designed for graduates, and is a useful bridge to postgraduate study.

The Diploma for Graduates in Criminology enables students to develop a sophisticated understanding of how crime has been defined, researched, represented and governed across time and space, and in Aotearoa-New Zealand today. We examine a wide variety of different forms of crime and theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding and researching crime.

We explore the criminal justice system, victims' perspectives on crime, and crime in relation to gender, ethnicity, class, media, culture, technology, the environment, and more.

The Diploma for Graduates is ideal for students planning towards careers in areas such as social work, law, human rights, justice advocacy, the criminal justice system, violence prevention, and victim support. Our programme can also serve as a bridge to postgraduate study.

The Diploma for Graduates in Criminology consists of papers worth at least 120 points, of which four papers are at 300-level or above. The programme may be completed in one year full-time, or over more than one year part-time.

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