Criminology is the study of crime, the investigation of the causes of criminal behaviour, and of society’s response to it.
Criminology is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Criminology may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Criminology as a single major for the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Criminology, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete SOCIO102, SOCIO204, SSRES200, CRIMN301, SOCIO311, and SOCPY303.
To complete Criminology as part of a double major for the BSocSc, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Criminology, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete SOCIO102, SOCIO204, SSRES200, CRIMN301, SOCIO311, and SOCPY303.
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Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location CRSCI101 Introduction to Security and Crime Science 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) This paper introduces the topics, theories, and approaches that make up Crime Science. The central focus is on understanding crime. FPSYC101 Introduction to Forensic and Criminological Psychology 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) This paper introduces students to forensic psychology and encompasses a wide range of topics derived from the intersection of psychology with the crime, the legal system and the criminal justice system. HISTY107 Aotearoa Histories: Past and Future 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This introductory paper provides students with an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand's histories through hundreds of years of Maori and Iwi history and British Colonial invasions, to the present. Students explore popular overarching myths and narratives of Aotearoa NZ history, key events, peoples and leading scholarship in the field.... MAORI150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton) This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time. PACIS100 Introduction to Pacific Histories, Languages and Cultures 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Secondary School - Unistart) This paper introduces students to foundational elements of Pacific Studies, including various histories, languages and cultures and their importance to contemporary societies, surveying a number of Pacific Nations. PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga) An investigation of contemporary moral and social issues from a practical ethics perspective. Issues may include abortion, animal welfare, discrimination, euthanasia, freedom of speech, genetic enhancement, privacy, punishment, and your online life. SOCIO102 The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Justice 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) This paper provides students with an introduction to criminology and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the New Zealand context.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location CRSCI201 Understanding Crime Events 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) The focus of this paper is on crime as a potentially preventable event. Crimes occur in a patterned way that is partly determined by situational factors and people's decision-making. This paper introduces students to theories about crime events, and approaches to analysing these events. FPSYC201 Psychology and Crime 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) Crime is a result of how people think, feel, and behave within their ecological context, making psychology one of the core disciplines in understanding, explaining and addressing problems associated with crime. GEOGY219 Māori Lands and Communities 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to Maori geographical perspectives and examines key events that shape Maori communities and their relationships to land, water and other taonga. LEGAL205 Foundations in Legal Studies 15.0 24A (Online) A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency, sale of goods and services, persons, including corporate bodies, property and consumer legislation. PACIS200 Pacific Migration, Diaspora and Identity 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper looks at the various socio-historic influences on migration in the Pacific and the relationship between Indigenous cultures of origin and diasporic cultures and identities formed in countries such as Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and the US. POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State 15.0 No occurrences Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis. PSYCH206 Social Psychology and Development 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) Social psychology topics include environmental psychology, social relationships, and helping and hindering others. Developmental psychology investigates why we develop as we do. Together, this paper explores why we do the things we do. SOCPY200 Social Policy and Social Issues 15.0 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga) The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty. SSRES200 Social Science Research Methods 15.0 24B (Online) This paper introduces the core research methods used in the social sciences. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are introduced, along with consideration of aspects such as ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location CRIMN301 Criminology 15.0 24B (Online) The paper overviews criminological approaches to the study of crime, causes of criminal behaviour, and society's responses, developing familiarity with the work of key theorists, including those developing matauranga hou. FPSYC301 Correctional Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice 15.0 24B (Online) This paper examines the application of psychological theory, research and practice to the operation of correctional systems and their various roles with the people in their care. There is a strong emphasis on New Zealand practice, including emerging Maori-led and Maori-influenced practices. GNSEX303 Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. It investigates micro and macro level experiences and the social construction of identities. In doing so, this paper looks at how power is distributed in society, the theories that... HISTY302 Blood, Land, DNA: Contemporary Indigenous Histories and Archives 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper explores critical questions about power, sovereignty, and belonging in contemporary Indigenous history, focusing on Aotearoa, the Pacific, and North America. Students will work with diverse archival sources to develop independent research questions. IRSST331 Cyber Security and the Global Politics of the Internet 15.0 24B (Online) This course explores the global politics of cyber security and the internet. It covers the major political/strategic/theoretical debates around enhancing the security of computer systems and how states and non-state actors are responding. LEGAL301 Crimes 30.0 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga) An analysis of the general principles of criminal law and selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law; an introduction to criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing in both jury and judge-alone trials (excluding evidence); and an introduction to the criminal justice system. MAORI303 Critical Indigenous Theory 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory. PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co... SOCIO311 Current Issues in Crime Control and Social Justice 15.0 24G (Online) This paper examines sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and examines issues within criminal justice. SOCPY303 Critical Feminism and the Prison State 15.0 24A (Online) This paper employs anti-carceral feminist theories and frameworks to explore the phenomenon of mass female imprisonment across nation states, with a particular focus on Indigenous and Black Imprisoned Radical Tradition.
2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 4 December 2023 11:32am