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Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice)

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) course is designed to enhance the knowledge and professional capacities of people involved in occupations related to criminal justice and social justice.

About the course

Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) course contains a core of vocationally relevant subjects which will enhance the knowledge and professional capacities of people involved in occupations related to the operation and administration of criminal justice and social justice.

Key points

  • students will graduate with the award Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice)
  • this degree has been designed with extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics, to ensure it is vocationally relevant and up to date with latest issues
  • through a proactive placement with a justice organisation, students gain a systematic introduction to the professional environment

Your course is recognised by industry

The Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice) is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education.

Hands-on experience

As a result of the integration of field work placements into the course, students gain an important introduction to diverse professional environments.

Career opportunities

Where it will take you

Graduates could adapt to a range of careers in criminal justice and beyond.

You could consider: corrections, probation and parole and associated work with offenders and families, juvenile justice, justice research and policy, policing, and in other justice and social justice occupations.

Course structure

The course comprises 16 core subjects, a choice between two psychology subjects, a minor comprised of five subjects and one restricted elective (192 points):

Core Subjects

JST108 Justice Studies: Theory and Practice (16 credit points)
JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST204 Crime, Delinquency and Social Welfare
JST205 Criminology
JST222 Policing and Society
JST302 Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
JST318 Human Rights & Policing
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST321 Government, Civil Society and Justice
POL106 Government and Policing
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC205 Social Research
SPE211 Foundations of Socila Policy

Psychology Subjects

PSY111 Psychology for Health Services (unless intending to take a psychology core minor, in which case, PSY101 Foundations of Psychology must be taken instead)

OR

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology *

Minors

Students complete a minor of five subjects from one of the following:

Juvenile Justice

Students must complete five of the following:

HSC205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
HSC321 Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
JST212 Juvenile Justice - Context
JST215 Juvenile Justice - Practice
JST330 Restorative Justice - Community Conferencing
JST331 Crime Prevention and Young People
LAW307 Youth and the Law
SOC203 Sociology of Youth
WEL218 Developing Cross-cultural Competencies
WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

Management

MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
and 3 from:
MGT320 Managing Change
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
HRM210 Human Resource Management
HRM310 Developing Human Resources
HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Emergency Management Planning 1
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2

Sociology

Students must complete five of the following:
SOC102 Social Inequality
SOC203 Sociology of Youth
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC212 Class: Images and Reality
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC314 Organisations, Culture & Society

Psychology (core minor)*

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2M
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
and 3 from:
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY306 Theories of Psychological Intervention
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

(* PSY101 Foundations of Psychology needs to have been completed in order to complete this minor)

Psychology (applied minor)#

Students must complete five of the following:
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY213 Abnormal Psychology
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

# (no subjects in the Applied minor are accredited)

Policing

Students must complete five (or six if undertaking PPP1** subjects) of the following:

POL303 Organised Crime
JST226 Introduction to Police Investigation
JST222 Policing and Society
JST228 Policing and the Community
JST319 Evidence and Procedure
JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
PPP101 * Simulated Policing (Acquiring Confidence) & Weapons and Tactics (4 credit points)
PPP106 * Simulated Policing (Acquiring Confidence) & Weapons and Tactics 2 (4 credit points)

(* conditions apply in terms of Professional Suitability)
(** must be both completed)

Justice Practice

Students must complete five of the following:
JST330 Restorative Justice - Community Conferencing
JST331 Crime Prevention and Young People
JST333 Community Corrections
SOC308 Community Analysis
WEL306 Non-metropolitan Welfare Services

Welfare

Students must complete five of the following:
HCS111 Introduction to Social Welfare
HCS103 Fields of Practice
HCS310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
LAW211 Law for Human Services 1
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
WEL306 Non-metropolitan Welfare Services

Politics

POL212 Global Politics and Culture
POL205 Political Ideas
POL210 Politics of Identity
POL303 Organised Crime
POL305 Politics and the Media

Restricted elective

The restricted elective is chosen from the following:
JST212 Juvenile Justice 1 - Context
JST215 Juvenile Justice 2 - Practice
JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST319 Evidence and Procedure
LAW307 Youth and the Law
PHL209 Theories of Justice
POL303 Organised Crime
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
or one additional subject selected from the minors listed above.

Distance Mode

The course comprises 16 core subjects, a choice between two psychology subjects, a minor comprised of five subjects and one restricted elective (192 points):

Core Subjects

JST108 Justice Studies: Theory and Practice (16 credit points)
JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST204 Crime, Delinquency and Social Welfare
JST205 Criminology
JST222 Policing and Society
JST302 Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
JST318 Human Rights and Policing
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST321 Government, Civil Society and Justice
POL106 Government and Policing
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC205 Social Research
SPE211 Politics and Social Policy in Australia

Psychology Subjects

PSY111 Psychology for Health Services (unless intending to take a psychology core minor, in which case, PSY101 Foundations of Psychology must be taken instead)

OR

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology *

Minors

Students complete a minor of five subjects from one of the following:

Juvenile Justice

Students must complete five of the following:
HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
HCS321 Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
JST212 Juvenile Justice - Context
JST215 Juvenile Justice - Practice
JST330 Restorative Justice - Community Conferencing
JST331 Crime Prevention and Young People
LAW307 Youth and the Law
SOC203 Sociology of Youth
WEL218 Developing Cross-cultural Competencies
WEL407 Child and Adolsecent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities

Management

MGT100 Organisations and Management
MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
and 3 from:
MGT320 Managing Change
INR210 Industrial Relations in Australia
HRM210 Human Resource Management
HRM310 Developing Human Resources
HRM320 Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM330 Strategic Human Resource Management
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Emergency Management Planning 1
EMG102 Emergency Management Planning 2

Sociology

Students must complete five of the following:
SOC102 Social Inequality
SOC203 Sociology of Youth
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC212 Class: Images and Reality
SOC308 Community Analysis
SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society

Psychology (core minor)*

PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2M
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
and 3 from:
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY306 Theories of Psychological Intervention
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

* (PSY101 Foundations of Psychology needs to have been completed in order to complete this minor)

Psychology (applied minor)#

Students must complete five of the following:
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY213 Abnormal Psychology
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

# (no subjects in the Applied minor are accredited)

Policing

Students must complete five (or six if undertaking PPP1** subjects ) of the following:
POL303 Organised Crime
JST226 Introduction to Police Investigation
JST222 Policing and Society
JST228 Policing and the Community
JST319 Evidence and Procedure
JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
PPP101 * Simulated Policing (Acquiring Confidence) & Weapons and Tactics 1 (4 credit points)
PPP106 * Simulated Policing (Acquiring Confidence) & Weapons and Tactics 2 (4 credit points)

(* conditions apply in terms of Professional Suitability)
(** must be both completed)

Justice Practice

Students must complete the five of the following:
JST330 Restorative Justice - Community Conferencing
JST331 Crime Prevention and Young People
JST333 Community Corrections
SOC308 Community Analysis
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL306 Non-metropolitan Welfare Services

Welfare

Students must complete five of the following:
HCS111 Introduction to Social Welfare
HCS103 Fields of Practice
HCS310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
LAW211 Law for Human Services 1
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
WEL306 Non-metropolitan Welfare Services

Politics

POL212 Global Politics and Culture
POL205 Political Ideas
POL210 Politics of Identity
POL303 Organised Crime
POL305 Politics and the Media

Restricted elective

The restricted elective is chosen from the following:
JST212 Juvenile Justice 1 - Context
JST215 Juvenile Justice 2 - Practice
JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
JST319 Evidence and Procedure
LAW307 Youth and the Law
PHL209 Theories of Justice
POL303 Organised Crime
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
or one additional subject selected from the minors listed above.

Enrolment pattern

Session 1

JST108 Justice Studies: Theory and Practice (16 credit points)
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
OR
PSY101 Foundations of Psychology*

* Students who undertake a core psychology minor should take PSY101 rather than PSY111.

Session 2

JST204 Crime, Delinquency and Social Welfare
POL106 Government and Policing
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
JST222 Policing and Society

Session 3

JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST205 Criminology
SOC205 Social Research
[ ] Minor/elective

Session 4

JST203 Punishment and the State
JST302 Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
[ ] Minor/elective

Session 5

JST321 Government, Civil Society and Justice
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
[ ] Minor/elective
[ ] Minor/elective

Session 6

JST318 Human Rights & Policing
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
[ ] Minor/elective
[ ] Minor/elective

Distance Mode

Session 1

PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
OR
PSY101 Foundations of Psychology*
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

* Students who undertake a core psychology minor should take PSY101 rather than PSY111.

Session 2

JST204 Crime, Delinquency and Social Welfare
PSY211 Psychology of Crime

Session 3

JST108 Justice Studies: Theory and Practice (16 credit points)

Session 4

POL106 Government and Policing
JST222 Policing and Society

Session 5

JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST205 Criminology

Session 6

JST203 Punishment and the State
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

Session 7

SOC205 Social Resarch
Minor/elective

Session 8

JST302 Criminological Perspectives on Social Problems
Minor/elective

Session 9

JST321 Government, Civil Society and Justice
Minor/elective

Session 10

JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
Minor/elective

Session 11

PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
Minor/elective

Session 12

JST318 Human Rights and Policing
Minor/elective

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

  • 3 years full-time on campus
  • 6 years part-time on campus
  • 6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

65.00

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