Advice for BA students undertaking majors in both Sociology and Criminology

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Criminology and Sociology should note that from 2017, the three research methods courses are compulsory for both majors. These courses are:

SOCY2019 - Introduction to social research
SOCY2339 - Introducing Quantitative Research
SOCY3329 - Qualitative Social Research

As a course can only count toward one major within the program, you must decide which major (out of Criminology or Sociology) that each course will count towards. You can elect to have all three courses count toward one major, or a combination toward both majors. Please note that you will also need to take 6 units of advanced (level 2 or higher) sociology and/or criminology electives to make up the unit shortfall. For example:

Sociology major   Criminology major
SOCY2339
and 4 units of advanced SOCY electives
  SOCY2019
SOCY3329
and 2 units of advanced CRIM electives
OR
SOCY2019
SOCY2339
SOCY3329
  6 units of advanced CRIM electives 
OR
6 units of advanced SOCY electives   SOCY2019
SOCY2339
SOCY3329

To view the course list for each major please visit Courses and Programs.

Please note - this process is not automatic and affected students should contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for program planning advice. 

Example plan
Emily started her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017, opting to undertake single majors in both Criminology and Sociology. After consulting with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and deciding to count all three methods courses toward her major in sociology, her plan for enrolment in each of the majors is as follows:

Single major in Sociology
Gateway course (2 units required)
SOCY1050 - Introduction to Sociology

Introductory course (2 units required)
SOCY1030 - Introduction to Health, Illness & Society

Cornerstone course (2 units required)
SOCY2345 - Thinking sociologically

Research Methods (6 units required)
SOCY2019 - Introduction to Social Research
SOCY2339 - Introducing Quantitative Research
SOCY3329 - Qualitative Social Research

Advanced courses (2 units required)
SOCY2020 - Sociology of the Environment

Compulsory capstone course (2 units required)
SOCY3200 - Current Issues and Debates in Sociology

Single major in Criminology
Gateway courses (4 units required)
CRIM1000 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM1019 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Cornerstone course (2 units required)
CRIM2300 - Comparative Criminology

Advanced courses taking the place of 6 units of research methods
ARCS2003 - Forensics: The Archaeology of Death & Crime Scenes
CRIM2080 - Drugs and Crime
CRIM2099 - Crime, Inequality and Social Justice

Advanced courses (2 units required)
CRIM2200 - Police Policy and Practice

Compulsory capstone course (2 units required)
CRIM3039 - Advanced Criminological Theory

 

Plan for dual degree students (BArts / BSocSc)

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Social Science dual degree should note that both introductory methods courses are compulsory for the BSocSc as well as the single and extended major plans for both Criminology and Sociology in the BA. These courses are:

SOCY2339 - Introducing Quantitative Research
SOCY2049 - Introducing Qualitative Research

As a course can only count toward one major or section of a degree program, the introductory methods courses will be used for the BSocSc component of the dual degree, and #4 units of advanced electives can be selected from the plan for the appropriate major in the BA. To view the plans for each major please choose from the links below:

  • Sociology plans
  • Criminology plans

Please note - this process is not automatic and must go through the Faculty of Arts for approval. Students affected should contact the School of Social Science in the first instance.

Example
Wendy started her BArts / BSocSc dual degree in 2010 and decided to do a single major in Sociology as part of her Bachelor of Arts. After consulting with the School of Social Science, the plan for her Sociology major is as follows:

Introductory Courses (#4 units required)
SOCY1050 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCY1030 - Introduction to Health, Illness & Society

Advanced courses (#4 units required)
SOCY2280 - Sociology of Sport
SOCY2169 - Media, Culture & Society

Advanced electives - taking the place of introductory methods (#4 units required)
SOCY2040 - Families & Households
SOCY2190 - Human Bodies, Culture and Society

Compulsory advanced course (#2 units required)
SOCY3200 - Current Issues and Debates in Sociology

Advanced methods (#2 units required)
SOCY3329 - Advanced Issues in Qualitative Inquiry