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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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Study Security and Crime Science in these qualifications

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500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.023B (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX518Cyber Security15.023A (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 Algorithms15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to selected machine learning algorithms and includes assignments that require the implementation of these algorithms.
COMPX532Information Visualisation15.023A (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 115.023A (Online)
This paper introduces key theories and analytical techniques that support security and crime responses by police, government departments, and industry.
CRSCI502Foundations of Security and Crime Science 215.023B (Online)
This paper enables the practical application of Security and Crime Science theories within an operational context by police, Government departments, and industry.
CRSCI592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton)
Students undertake a research dissertation in the subject area of Security and Crime Science.
CRSCI594Security and Crime Science Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
This is a research project in the area of Security and Crime Science. The research work will be written up in a thesis.
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems15.023X (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 Planning15.023A (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 Security30.023B (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 Warfare15.023B (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 Law30.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Tauranga)
An advanced-level examination of the principles of the law of evidence in criminal and civil cases.
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security30.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
This paper explores the legal aspects of cyber security and cyber crime, by analysing selected legislation and case law relevant to the area of cyber security. The paper covers the ethical and legal boundaries of rights and liability of security professionals.
PSYCH535Traumatic Memories15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper examines topical issues in traumatic memory and repression by drawing on theory and research in psychological science.
PSYCH575Kaupapa Māori Psychology15.023A (Hamilton)
Indigenous psychologies are 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 as psychologists in applied settings, in particular, clinical, community and organisational settings and applied psychological r...
PSYCH580The Psychology of Criminal Conduct15.023B (Hamilton)
Over recent years correctional psychology has been developing into a specialised discipline with strong career paths for clinicians and researchers. This paper is designed to introduce individuals to the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, prevention, assessment, and treatment of criminal behaviour.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CRSCI900Security and Crime Science PhD Thesis120.023I (Hamilton), 23J (Hamilton), 23K (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
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Further information about the subject can be found at Te Puna Haumaru New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science