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100% Online Course

Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Units

    24

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

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.

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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.

I enjoy the flexibility and the quality of course content and support.

Ceara, Swinburne Online graduate

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

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • 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.

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • 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.

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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the nature of criminal activity and analyse and evaluate the main causes of crime
  • systematically review and undertake research to evaluate the consequences of crime on victims and the broader community
  • apply knowledge and skills to compare and analyse Australia’s response to crime with that of other nations
  • effectively and persuasively communicate with legal and non-legal audiences
  • analyse information from a variety of sources to investigate and evaluate proposed solutions to crime
  • evaluate technological and other scientific approaches to reducing crime and dealing with the consequences of crime
  • function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and critically reflect on individual performance.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, students must complete 300 credit points comprising:

  • 16 core units of study (200 credit points)
  • 8 units of other studies (up to 100 credit points) comprising of a co-major, minor/s or electives.

Students may not complete more than 125 credit points (normally 10 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between majors and/or minors, students must choose an approved alternate.

Professional placements

Professional placements are subject to a competitive selection process. International students may be eligible for a professional placement where a relevant professional degree exists. International students who successfully gain a placement through the selection process will be required to change courses to the relevant professional degree, in order to complete a placement, and should consider any visa and extended study duration implications prior to applying.

Students who undertake a 12-month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 375 credit points comprising:

  • 16 core units of study (200 credit points)
  • 4 units of study of the professional placement co-major (100 credit points)
  • 6 units of study comprising a minor and/or electives (75 credit points).

Students who elect to undertake a 6-month professional placement are subject to the following course rules and must complete 337.5 credit points comprising:

  • 16 core units of study (100 credit points)
  • 2 units of study of the professional placement minor (50 credit points)
  • 7 units of study comprising a minor and/or electives (87.5 credit points).

Volume of learning

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology consists of a total of 24 units (300 credit points). Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). A standard annual full-time load comprises 8 units (100cp), and a standard annual part-time load comprises 4 units (50cp).

Maximum academic credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology is 150 credit points (normally 12 units).

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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