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Graduate Certificate in Criminology

Course structure

The course consists of  three core subjects and one restricted elective:

Core Subjects
JST440 Criminological Practice
JST442 Criminology
JST487 Police in Social Context

and one from the following:

Restricted Elective
JST443 Psychology and the Legal System
JST444 Deviance and Control

Enrolment pattern

Session 1 (Autumn)
JST440 Criminological Practice
JST443 Psychology and the Legal System
JST444 Deviance and Control
Session 2 (Spring)
JST442 Criminology
JST487 Police in Social Context

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Graduate Certificate in Criminology is intended for those interested in the study of crime in contemporary Australian society. The course examines the criminal justice system as an institution and seeks to develop sophisticated consumers of criminological data and theory.

Topics addressed in the Graduate Certificate in Criminology include:

  • why certain acts are proscribed under law
  • why the law interferes in voluntary activities like drug taking
  • how much crime is reported and why the real role of police in combating crime
  • the importance or otherwise of police response time
  • the role of a prison and its effectiveness
  • whether the media contribute to crime
  • what crime statistics tell us
  • what policing is all about, and
  • the effect of policing on the police and their families

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education




Session 1; Session 2




1 year by distance education



Indicative ATAR


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