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Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Course guide

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

During your Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, you will learn to demystify the criminal mind and assist victims and perpetrators to navigate the Australian legal system.

Your units will cover different causes of crime and the manner in which society – through the police, courts, corrections systems and victims support services – responds to crime.

The course examines local and global criminality, traditional approaches and responses to crime, as well as emerging trends and practices. It focuses on technological and other scientific advances which impact on the criminal justice sector, including an emphasis on predicting the commission of crime, detecting and stopping criminal behaviour and implementing effective and efficient criminal sanctions.

Our graduates work in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, offender rehabilitation, victim support and government policy development.

What are the entry criteria?

Academic requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following minimum academic requirements:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or
    international year 12 qualification or
    completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates IV (completed), diplomas,
    advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees) or
    if you don’t have a formal qualification, you may be considered for entry upon completion of the STAT test
  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language
    (EAL) or equivalent.

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.

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  • Career opportunities
  • What you will learn
  • Criminologist

    Study and analyse the justice system, complex crimes, and the criminals who commit them.

  • Corrections Officer

    Monitor and supervise offenders, and help integrate them back into the community.

  • Policy Advisor

    Advise government departments on issues relating to security and foreign affairs.

  • Police Officer

    Serve to protect public life and property.

  • Security Advisor

    Provide security insight and advice in private or public organisations.

  • Customs and Border Protection Officer

    Manage the security and integrity of a country’s borders.

  • Causes of Crime

    Describe the nature of criminal activity and analyse and evaluate the main causes of crime.

  • Impact of Crime

    Systematically review and undertake research to evaluate the consequences of crime on victims and the broader community.

  • Comparing Global Crime Responses

    Apply knowledge and skills to compare and analyse Australia’s response to crime with that of other nations.

  • Effective Communication

    Effectively and persuasively communicate with legal and non-legal audiences.

  • Crime Management

    Analyse information from a variety of sources to investigate and evaluate proposed solutions to crime.

  • Technology in Crime Management

    Evaluate technological and other scientific approaches to reducing crime and dealing with the consequences of crime.

  • Teamwork

    Function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and critically reflect on individual performance.

Course Units

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology (FOR10001)
  • Brain and Behaviour (PSY10007)
  • Policing: Systems and Practice (CRI20001)
  • Deviance, Difference & Conformity (SOC20020)
  • Corrections: Systems and Practice (CRI30002)
  • Fundamentals of Criminology (CRI10002)
  • Global Crime (CRI20002)
  • Youth Justice and Crime (CRI30010)
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology (FOR30001)
  • Introduction to Law (LAW10021)
  • Law and Social Science (LAW10022 )
  • Criminal Law and Process (LAW10024)
  • Sentencing (LAW20030)
  • Crime and Punishment in the International Context (LAW20031 )
  • Technological Advances in Dealing with Crime (LAW20032)
  • Crime, Society and Culture (LAW30025 )
  • Electives
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  • Support with choosing the right course for your career goals

  • One-to-one contact with dedicated tutors to guide your learning

  • A team of Student Advisors for support, 7 days a week across extended hours

  • You'll graduate with the exact same degree as an on-campus student

Your study journey

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We know your day doesn’t always begin at 9am and finish at 5pm, so we’ve extended our support hours to ensure you can get the answers you need when you want them. Our dedicated team of tutors and support staff are on-call to help you, seven days a week.

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