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.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Corrections Officer
- Policy Advisor
- Police Officer
- Security Advisor
- Customs and Border Protection Officer
What You'll Learn
- Causes of Crime
- Impact of Crime
- Comparing Global Crime Responses
- Effective Communication
- Crime Management
- Technology in Crime Management
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
- 3 years of full-time or equivalent part-time
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.
- 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
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the nature of the 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
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.
About Swinburne Online
Swinburne Online is a digital education portal that delivers online university and TAFE courses on behalf of Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology (RTO 3059), one of Australia’s leading educational institutions with over 30,000 students.
Offering a wide range of highly engaging and productive university courses online, Swinburne Online’s students have the opportunity to receive the same qualifications as those attending Swinburne University of Technology.
The difference is that learning is done online, so instead of coming onto campus, Swinburne Online students can study any time, anywhere, through an innovative and easy to use digital portal.