Understand the nature and causes of crime.
This program equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand and prevent crime. You will take a 360 degree view of the criminal justice system, its institutions, and how it all fits together. This will involve understanding legal institutions and processes, developing problem solving skills in crime-related issues, and examining fair and effective methods of crime prevention.
The program builds knowledge of the role of the justice system and examines policies impacting on the police, courts, corrections and many allied agencies. You will develop strong analytical skills and be given grounding in relevant ethical issues. Through your electives, you have the opportunity to explore criminal profiling, youth justice, homicide and international justice.
For your final year you can choose from a professional placement or research project, then apply what you’ve learnt and begin to make a difference. Broaden your horizons and choose to study part of your USC program abroad, through the Study Overseas program.
Expand your career options and study one of three double degrees on offer. Choose from Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice or Bachelor of Social Work / Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
Further studies in this field can be completed through postgraduate studies in the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.
You can find employment pathways in policing and law enforcement, custodial and community corrections, private and public security and intelligence, legal administration, paralegal work, advocacy, mediation, youth justice, child safety, crime prevention, research and policy, and therapies and rehabilitation. Employment opportunities cover a wide spectrum of government, business and community sector organisations in Australia and overseas.
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (8) 96 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
CRM101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM102 Understanding Crime
CRM103 Punishment and Corrections
JST101 Justice and the Australian Legal System
SCS101 Foundations of Human Behaviour
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change
Developing and Graduate courses (6) 72 units
CRM202 Diversity, Crime and Justice
CRM204 Applied Crime Prevention
CRM301 Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
CRM304 Professional Ethics and Integrity Management
LGL201 Criminal Law: An Introduction
SCS225 Social Research
Elective courses (10) 120 units
Select 10 elective courses (120 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). Of these 8 (96 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses.
Suggested electives include:
CRM201 Criminal Profiling
CRM302 Youth Justice
CRM303 Restorative Justice and Mediation
CRM305 Professional Placement
CRM307 Crime Research Methods
JST202 International Justice and Human Rights
Please Note: Some courses in this program are offered online. Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses (120 units)
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specifed
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.