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Security and Crime Science

Crime Science uses evidence-based information together with scientific approaches and methods to reduce crime and threats to security.

Security and Crime Science is a multidisciplinary subject and draws upon such subjects as Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Political Studies, Population Studies, Psychology, and Statistics.

Security and Crime Science can be studied via the Master of Security and Crime Science (MSCS), the Postgraduate Diploma in Security and Crime Science (PGDip(SCS)), or the Postgraduate Certificate in Security and Crime Science (PGCert(SCS)).

Two minors in Crime Science and Forensic Psychology are available and can be studied in any undergraduate degree at The University of Waikato.

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500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.0No occurrences
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX518Cyber Security15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...
COMPX521Machine Learning Algorithms15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to selected machine learning algorithms and includes assignments that require the implementation of these algorithms.
COMPX532Information Visualisation15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
CRSCI501Foundations of Security and Crime Science 115.024A (Online)
This paper introduces the topics, theories, and approaches that make up Crime Science. The central focus is on understanding crime.
CRSCI502Foundations of Security and Crime Science 215.024B (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.
FPSYC502The Psychology of Crime and Criminality: Theories and Approaches15.024A (Online)
What is it about people that causes them to commit crime or become criminal? This paper introduces an integrative psychological perspective on potential causes of crime and criminality, beginning with genes and heredity, traversing learning and development, and ending with social and situational factors.
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems15.024X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.024A (Hamilton)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
IRSST506International Relations and Global Security30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches and utilises major international relations theories to consider pressing global issues. This includes the causes of war and peace, globalisation, the Cold War, the widening security agenda, terrorism, the environment, inequality, new technologies, and international institutions.
IRSST507Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare15.024B (Online)
This course examines the political, strategic, legal and economic debates around cyber security and cyber warfare. Particular emphasis is placed on how militaries, national security agencies, and law enforcement are adapting to online threats and incorporating cyber in their strategic planning.
LEGAL501Advanced Evidence Law30.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Evidence Law. Students complete a supervised research project of up to 12,500 words.
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security30.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues regarding the legal aspects of Cyber Security. Students complete a supervised research project of up to 12,500 words.
PSYCH536Eyewitness Memory, Psychological Science and the Law15.024A (Hamilton)
In this course, we learn about the legal system; the impact of eyewitness testimony; wrongful convictions; perceiving and remembering real world events, and common myths about memory that pervade our legal system and the opinions of the general public.
PSYCH575Kaupapa Māori Psychology15.024A (Hamilton)
Students develop a critical understanding of Kaupapa Maori psychology, and how it is sensitive to context, conscious of history and responsive to multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. This paper will cover topics relevant to students who wish to work and research as psychologists in applied settings. Topics covered inclu...
PSYCH580The Psychology of Crime and Criminality: Research and Practice15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the introduction to the psychology of crime and criminality provided by FPSYC502. Drawing on foundational knowledge from that paper, we critique relevant research, and consider how to apply it to prevent crime, particularly in correctional contexts.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CRSCI900Security and Crime Science PhD Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
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Further information about the subject can be found at Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science