Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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Criminal justice is at the forefront of how society is shaped and functions. Get involved in a range of diverse and exciting careers that contribute to the development and delivery of social control, deterring and mitigating crime, and rehabilitation.

Further to opening doors to careers in criminal justice, CSU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice prepares you to progress to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) and to be considered for entry into the NSW Police Force, subject to professional suitability and NSW Police Force's operational needs.

     
             

Key information

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Study mode

On Campus; Distance Education
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Campus locations

Bathurst, Port Macquarie
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Duration

3 years full-time
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Session availability

Session 2 201760

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

On Campus; Distance Education
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU'S Bachelor of Criminal Justice equips you with the advanced skills and knowledge to work in any of a number of diverse fields. Through the practical application of studies, this course prepares people wanting to go into policing/law enforcement, probation and parole, juvenile justice, and work with refugees, criminal offenders, victims and their families – to really make a difference to people, communities and society at large. A field placement in a justice, welfare or community agency in either government or private sector not only provides valuable learning but may result in employment.

Study a multidisciplinary degree

You will graduate with a diverse set of skills as you study a range of subjects including policing/law enforcement, public safety and security, criminology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, communication and Indigenous studies. You can explore different career paths and choose elective subjects that suit your career plans or current workplace.

Your pathway to the NSW Police

At the end of your first year of study you can begin the process of applying to NSW Police Force. This includes completion of the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials and meeting the professional suitability requirements of the NSW Police Force. The professional suitability criteria is located at police.nsw.gov.au/recruitment.

The NSW Police Force recognises previous academic and tertiary qualifications as part of recruitment eligibility. Successful completion of two years of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice will result in the awarding of maximum academic points in the police recruitment process.  Furthermore, successful completion of two years of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice as well as the Associate Degree in Policing Practice will result in the awarding of both degrees.

A contemporary approach to criminal justice

This course has been designed with extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics, to ensure it is vocationally relevant, practical and up-to-date with the latest law enforcement and criminal justice issues.  You will gain a strong theoretical background and highly developed critical and analytical skills in diverse disciplines to take into the workplace.

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In your final year of your criminal justice course, you will undertake a 70 hour work placement with a criminal justice organisation. This firsthand experience value adds to your degree by providing real on the job learning and will help you get ready to enter the workforce a step ahead of other job applicants.

This workplace learning opportunity will provide you with a practical setting in which to put your skills in action, and will enable you to develop insight into the criminal justice industry and foster professional relationships.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subject may have a residential school component:

JST313 Investigative Interviewing

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

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Career opportunities

CSU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice prepares you to work in diverse criminal and social justice and law enforcement fields, such as policing/law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile justice, justice research and policy or work with refugees, victims and their families.

Criminal justice

Put your skills to work in policing or criminal and social justice research and policy.

Corrections

Work in probation and parole or juvenile justice.

Social welfare

Take up a role in associated work with offenders and families, community and welfare organisations, and other criminal justice and social justice occupations.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

Recognition of Prior Learning will be assessed on an individual basis. Students who believe they may be eligible for credit based on prior study should make an application for credit.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is only available to study online

You can study the Bachelor of Criminal Justice online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKARB
UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211890
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKARJ
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNIAPJ
DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJAQR
DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNIAQR
DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEAQR
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211897

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates

Campus locations listed for distance education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKARB
UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211890
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKARJ
DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNIAPJ
DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJAQR
DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNIAQR
DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEAQR
UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211897

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Tasia Power – Bachelor of Criminal Justice

“Moving to a regional university from the coast was a big step for me, but it was also the best decision of my life. CSU provides an education and a degree but more than that it provides invaluable life experiences and memories.”

Tasia Power – Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of a total of 192 points as follows:

13 Core subjects (104 points)

11 Elective subjects of which 9 subjects (72 points) are to be taken from the list of restricted electives. The restricted electives have been grouped into areas.

2 Elective subjects - a further 2 subjects (16 points) may be taken from any CSU undergraduate university subject for which the student has met the prerequisite and/or assumed knowledge.

Core Subjects

JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
COM120 Reasoning and Writing
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST204 Young People and Crime
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
SOC205 Social Research
JST220 Gender and Crime
JST309 Indigenous Communities and Policing
JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning

Restricted Electives

Subjects have been grouped to provide a guide for students who wish to focus their electives in a particular area.

Criminology
JST201 Criminal Law and Process
JST228 Police and the Community
JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
JST319 Evidence Law and Procedure
JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
JST339 Sentencing Law and Practice
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

Policing/Public Safety and Security
JST117 Introduction to Intelligence
EMG100 Introduction to Emergency Management
EMG101 Hazard Identifiecationand Risk Assessment
EMG102 Emergency Decision Making
JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations
JST228 Police and the Community
JST313 Investigative Interviewing
JST319 Evidence Law and Procedure
JST322 Crime Reduction
JST328 Crime Media & Culture
JST344 Terrorism Awareness
JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally & Ethically Diverse Societies
JST350 Cyber Security: Terrorism, Crime & Warfare in the 21st Century
JST351 Foundations in Financial Crime (16)

Welfare
HCS103 Fields of Practice
HCS205 Child Abuse and Protection
HCS310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
HCS321 Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
LAW221 Law for Human Services
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL218 Developing Cross-cultural Competencies
WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling

History and Politics
HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890
HST213 Australian Civics and Citizenship
PHL209 Theories of Justice
POL205 Political Ideas
POL210 Politics of Identity
POL213 Australian Government and Politics
POL303 Organised Crime
POL305 Politics and the Media

Psychology (Core - PSY101 Prerequisite)
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology
PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (assumed knowledge)
PSY202 Developmental Psychology (assumed knowledge)
PSY203 Social Psychology (assumed knowledge)
PSY304 Psychopathology (assumed knowledge)
PSY305 Psychology of Personality (assumed knowledge)

Psychology (Applied - PSY111 prerequisite)
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY211 Psychology of Crime
PSY214 Health Psychology
PSY216 Psychology of Aging
PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

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

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
COM120 Reasoning and Writing

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST204 Young People and Crime
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
Restricted Elective

At this point students who are considering pursuing a career in the NSW Police Force and ultimately undertaking the Associate Degree in Policing Practice should consult their Course Admin Officer for advice on a study pattern for year 2.

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
SOC205 Social Research
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology (or PSY101 for students wanting to take electives from the Psychology Core specialisation)

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
JST220 Gender and Crime
JST309 Indigenous Communities and Policing
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective
Open Elective

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective
Open Elective

Part Time
Year 1 Session 1 (30)
JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
COM120 Reasoning and Writing

Year 1 Session 2 (60)
JST203 Punishment and the State
JST205 Criminology: History and Theory

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
SOC101 Introductory Sociology

Year 2 Session 2 (60)
Restricted Elective
JST204 Young People and Crime

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
PSY111 Foundations of Psychology
SOC205 Social Research

Year 3 Session 2 (60)
JST220 Gender and Crime
JST309 Indigenous Communities and Policing

Year 4 Session 1 (30)
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Year 4 Session 2 (60)
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Year 5 Session 1 (30)
JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
Restricted Elective

Year 5 Session 2 (60)
Restricted Elective
Restricted Elective

Year 6 Session 1 (30)
Restricted Elective
Open Elective

Year 6 Session 2 (60)
JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
Open Elective

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taken a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Apply through UAC if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Apply through VTAC if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Important dates

12th Jul 2017
UAC Mid-Year Final Applications

30th Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Apply direct to CSU if you are a non-school leaver or want to study online.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

7th Jul 2017
2017 Session 3 Applications open

4th Aug 2017
2018 Session 1 Applications open

Check the full list of application dates

Please note that not all courses have an intake each session and some courses may have earlier closing dates. Check the course details and admission information for your course.

Apply direct to CSU

Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

CSU study centres

All applicants should apply direct to CSU study centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Important dates

30th Jun 2017
2017 Session 2 Extended Application date

Recruitment agent

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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