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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why Study Criminology and Criminal Justice?

Crime is a fascinating subject. The number of books, movies and television programmes devoted to it attest to people’s interest in the problem of crime. So too does the extensive and often sensational coverage that crime receives in the media. But, as this subject reveals, crime is a complex issue. While studying towards a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice, you will learn that it is considerably more complex than the superficial and romanticised portrayal it often receives in fictional writings and the media.

The study of Criminology and Criminal justice will equip you with the knowledge needed for creating and maintaining a safe society, as well as allowing students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal, delinquent and deviant behaviours and both individual and societal reactions to crime. This major also teaches you valuable transferable skills such as presentation, research, analytical problem solving and communication, among others.

Moreover, the study area offers an in-depth conceptualisation of modern crime, punishment and victimisation. Crime and victimisation have severe consequences for the sustained development of a society, the economy and ecology. This subject provides expert knowledge to deal effectively with crime, conflict and victimisation and to promote a democratic and just society with a human rights perspective, as set out in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights.

To study Criminology and Criminal Justice you can enrol for the IIE Bachelor of Social Science degree with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice, offered at IIE MSA. If direct access to this degree is not possible, you can explore entry through the Social Science stream of our Foundation Programme.

Following completion of your three-year Bachelor’s degree, you can articulate into the IIE Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree, and subsequently, a research IIE Master of Philosophy degree, both with specialisation in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Double Majors

To amplify your studies and shape your career of the future, choose to double major at no additional cost when studying the IIE Bachelor of Social Science. Pair your Criminology and Criminal Justice major with Psychology, Child and Youth Care, International Studies or a non-Social Science major such as Accounting or Management. These are not the only areas of choice, as Criminology partners well with many of the other majors offered on campus.

What are My Career Outcomes?

Completing your Criminology and Criminal Justice journey at IIE MSA will help you to build a successful career in your desired area. There are many opportunities, including:

  • Law Enforcement, policing, corrections
  • Community or Regional Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Consulting firms
  • Public Administration, Risk Management
  • International Development Agencies and Organisations
  • Education and academia
  • Government Policy Analyst or Researcher
  • Foreign Service Worker, Immigration Officer

You can choose to specialise even further, in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Investigative Journalism
  • Restorative justice processes, victim counselling and related fields
  • Victim, Witness, Youth and Family – at-risk populations
  • Criminal, forensic and private investigations

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