Calling all curious minds, true crime buffs and those looking to make a difference in their community, Swinburne Online is excited to launch a new course for Teaching Period 2 2020: the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Who is this course for?
This course suits anyone who has a passion for justice and a desire to combat crime. With professional opportunities in policing, public policy and corrections, the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology is a great fit for both students who are interested in supporting victims of crime, and those who wish to fight crime by apprehending, containing or rehabilitating perpetrators. See the course page for full entry requirements.
What will I learn?
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology provides a holistic understanding of the criminal justice system, with units examining crime from every angle. You will develop your knowledge of international crime, forensic psychology, policing systems, sentencing and law. You will also be exposed to the latest in crime prevention research and technology, readying you for an exciting career in criminal justice.
What will my career options be?
The course will open up a number of career pathways within the criminal justice sector. Address crime at its root as a policy advisor, contain and rehabilitate offenders as a corrections officer or protect your community as a police officer. There are also opportunities to work as a criminologist, community support worker, court officer or case manager. The diversity of your course material will expose you to many facets of the criminal justice system, empowering you to make an informed choice about your career upon graduation.
What is the structure of the course?
Full-time students will typically complete the course within 3 years, but there are also part time options available. There are 16 core units that you must complete, plus 8 elective units that allow you to tailor your course to you particular strengths and interests. Swinburne Online courses run across 3 teaching periods per year. With entry points in March, July and November, you can choose to start your degree at a time that suits you.
What other Criminology courses are available?
Swinburne Online also offers a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Criminology. There is some cross over between this course and the new Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, but the courses have slightly different focuses. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology centres on the nature of crime and how we respond to it. It looks at predicting and detecting crime, and what the legal and social outcomes of crime are. This course includes some Law units, and is best suited to students who wish to work within the criminal justice system in a role such police officer, case manager or corrections officer.
The Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Criminology focuses on motivations behind criminal activity, to analyse trends, formulate policies and create systems to help prevent crime. It may be the course for you if you’re interested in crime prevention or assisting victims of crime, for example as a community development worker, justice advocate, youth support worker or community safety officer.
For more guidance around which of our Criminology courses would be right for you, get in touch with one of our Course Consultants on 1300 110 146 or via our web form. Or, if you’re ready to enrol, apply now.