The Criminology major involves the study of crime, the investigation of the causes of criminal behavior, and of society's responses to it.
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Why study Criminology?

Exploring the intricacies of criminality and the criminal justice system is an essential aspect of criminology. The Criminology major engages with mātauranga Māori perspectives especially around the mass incarceration of the indigenous people and provides a distinctive lens through which students can view these issues. 

This exciting new major invites students to explore the captivating field of crime and criminal behavior. Students will gain an extensive understanding of how society responds to criminal conduct, the underlying reasons for criminality, and how social discourse and relationships influence the perception of the criminal justice system. The major also provides a unique focus on the impact of colonisation on the criminal justice system, with a particular emphasis on the mass incarceration of indigenous populations in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

Students will also explore the work of key criminological theorists, and develop the skills necessary to analyse, reflect upon, and respond to common societal views of criminality from a criminological perspective. With the major’s emphasis on critical thinking and practical application, students will be well-equipped to navigate the complex world of criminal justice and make a meaningful impact on society.

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Career Opportunities

  • Community Development Advisor
  • Criminal justice worker
  • Criminology researcher
  • Intelligence analyst (eg for MPI, National or International Police forces)
  • Iwi Researcher
  • New Zealand Police
  • Policy Analyst
  • Victim Advocate

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