Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

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Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

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Formerly the Bachelor of Justice and Legal Studies. If you commenced in this program please refer to your Previous Student Handbook

Program summary

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Application and admission advice

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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.

Program structure

Introductory courses (8) 96 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
CRM101 Introduction to Criminology
CRM102 Understanding Crime
CRM103 Punishment and Corrections
CRM105 Policing
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
CRM203 Homicide
CRM302 Youth Justice
CRM303 Restorative Justice and Mediation
CRM305 Professional Placement
CRM307 Crime Research Methods
JST202 International Justice and Human Rights

# Electives can only be taken from the USC Law School if the student is enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.

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.

Program requirements

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)
Program notes
  • 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 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • 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 students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

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).

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to make sure you are studying the right courses at the right time so you complete the required unit value to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements, and to be aware of the academic calendar dates.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

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.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling in askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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