Why study Criminology?
Criminology is currently one of the fastest growing and most popular areas of study in the social sciences internationally. Students studying criminology have the opportunity to learn about many of the social, cultural and political dynamics that surround the social phenomenon of crime. At the University of Otago, the Minor in Criminology provides the opportunity to study core concepts in criminology: crime and deviance, social control, crime and victimization in media and cultural discourses, the shifting boundary between what is socially considered legitimate and criminal behaviour and the wider institutional dynamics of legal systems, justice processes and institutions.
Combine with high profile majors
Students who take the Minor in Criminology will find that it provides both an opportunity to study a fascinating and relevant arena of life in New Zealand as well as providing a strong support programme for some of Otago’s high profile disciplinary majors like Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Politics, or Media Film and Communication Studies.
Students studying criminology will be introduced to insights and debates that can help inform their future careers in law, social work, teaching, public health, theological ministry or work with NGOs. Students are also advantageously placed for careers in any aspect of the public service that is involved with policing, justice, victim suppport, corrections, social development or social policy.