Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Recommended for students with an interest in criminology, social justice and the justice system.

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of the nature of criminology and justice and the principal disciplines of law, political science, psychology and sociology, which inform criminological and justice-related issues.

It adopts a contemporary, international approach to criminology and justice education in developing well-educated practitioners. Students examine the nature of crime and social control, as well as a broad range of areas in the domain of justice, including policing, courts, law, corrections and alternative dispute resolution.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

One or more of the majors in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 11 Core units. This will be supported by a supplementary programme comprising: an 8-unit major plus 3 elective units and either a capstone unit or 2 practicum units. Alternatively, students may complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Psychology, Arts, Addiction Studies, Management or Security studies or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available. Note: Students are required to complete no less than 6 units at Level 3000.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1107 The Criminal Justice Process 15
CRI1103 Criminology 15
Unit from Major x1 15
Elective Unit x1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1104 The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour 15
CRI1208 Research Methods I 15
Unit from Major x1 15
Elective Unit x1 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2115 Psychology and Criminal Justice 15
CRI2110 Research Methods II 15
Unit from Major x1 15
Elective Unit x1 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2103 Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice 15
CRI2201 Critical Aspects of Policing 15
Unit from Major x1 15
Elective Unit x1 15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI3120 Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System 15
Unit from Major x3 45

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Students undertaking a 12 unit major should enrol in CRI3205, 2 major units and an elective unit in year 3 semester 2. Students undertaking an 8 unit major should enrol in CRI3205, 1 major unit and either CRI3300 or CRI3301 in year 3 semester 2 (CRI3301 is by application only).
CRI3205 Professional Ethics, Accountability and Integrity 15
Unit from Major x1 15
CRI3300 ^ Criminology and Justice Capstone Project 30
CRI3301 ^ Criminology and Justice Practicum Placement 30

Recommended Electives

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Note: Acceptance into CRI3302 is by application only
PSY1101 Introduction to Psychology 15
LAW1100 Legal Framework I 15
YWK1220 Youth Issues 15
CSV1101 Introduction to Community Work 15
SCY1117 Intelligence Foundations 15
ADS1151 Addiction Studies: Fundamental Concepts 15
ADS2253 Addiction Studies: Processes of Change 15
SCY2112 Counterterrorism 15
SCH2143 Forensic Skills 15
ADS3458 Addiction Studies: Preventive Practice 15
CRI3302 Criminal Justice Review Project 15

Or any other unit with the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Note: CRI3301 may only be taken following application to and approval by the Practicum Coordinator.

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

  • Addiction Studies
  • Corrections
  • Family and Child Support
  • Policing
  • Professional Youth Work
  • Security Management

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical criminology and justice issues.
  • Communicate knowledge of criminology and justice ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for own learning in scholarship and professional practice.
  • Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in criminological situations.
  • Think critically to identify, conceptualise and analyse complex criminology issues.
  • Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise criminological information.
  • Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values in criminology and justice.

Career Opportunities

Students gain a significant background in the contemporary theory and research that informs criminology and justice professions. They also develop the professional skills required for employment in criminology and justice, including Indigenous cultural responsiveness.

Possible future job titles

Police Officer, Community Corrections Officer, Parole Officer, Youth Justice Officer, Prison Officer, Research & Policy Officer, Family/Juvenile Counsellor, Family Law Case Worker, Customs Officer, Security Officer.

Last updated Oct 2020

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