New USC degree puts Criminology in spotlight

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New USC degree puts Criminology in spotlight


25 September 2014

Increasing interest in the policies, research and practices surrounding the prevention and detection of crime has helped prompt the University of the Sunshine Coast to offer a Bachelor degree focused on criminology.

From 2015, USC’s Bachelor of Criminology and Justice will feature new courses in homicide, criminal profiling and youth justice, among others.

Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies Anna Bishop, a solicitor and academic who is coordinating the program, attributed some of the student and community interest to “the CSI factor”, referring to popular American television crime shows.

“Criminology is largely concerned with social harm and is broader than just dealing with crime,” Ms Bishop said. “It’s based on a combination of disciplines including law, sociology and psychology.

“This degree can still be used as an entrance into policing or corrective services, like our previous degree in Justice and Legal Studies, but it’s also a stepping stone to career options in forensics, specialist law enforcement agencies, customs and border protection, youth justice, and research and policy.”

She said students in the third and final year of the degree would have opportunities for professional placements or research projects.

USC will introduce 18 new undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in 2015. For details go to the USC Rise, and Shine web page.

Julie Schomberg


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