Criminal minds: meet the ANU student seeking to understand criminal behaviour

Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation
14 November 2018

A fascination with the human psyche is what drew Sally Commins to the study of criminology.

But for the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation student, it was the flexibility and interdisciplinarity offered at The Australian National University (ANU) that drew her to Canberra.

“I have always been fascinated by human behaviour and the motivations of crime and understanding how society plays a role in shaping our perceptions of crime and criminals,” said Sally.

“But when I was looking at different options, many of them just didn’t feel right and mostly specialised in one track of criminology.”

“What I loved about the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation at ANU is its flexibility and the multidisciplinary focus that allowed me to explore subjects that I normally never would have.”

However, this sense of perspective goes beyond the classroom, Sally explained.

“For me, the University’s connections with various institutions for networking and internship opportunities and their focus on employability was important,” she said.

This exposure to leading academics and experienced practitioners provides Sally insight into the realities of how research is conducted and the practical skills and flexibility that is needed to overcome various challenges.

A winter masterclass on investigative criminology, delivered by two individuals with extensive policing experience, has been the highlight so far for Sally.

“It was great being able to ask questions and gain a personal insight into these areas – the small class size meant we were able to get a personalised experience,” she said.

“Often we would stay back during lunch breaks just to keep the discussion going and to ask more questions.”

“People are always happy to make time for you and to offer help and assistance when you need to.”

Find out more about studying the Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

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