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Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours)

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Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours)

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CSU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours) provides you with the opportunity to advance your studies in criminal justice and criminology.

  • Why study this course?

    This course allows you to develop advanced research skills in criminal justice and criminology and allows you to apply those skills through a research project. You will develop skills in criminological research theory and methods, critical analysis of relevant literature, cogent and sustained argument, and clear, precise writing. You will work under supervision and take up research in a specialised criminological field.

    The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours) concentrates on developing research capacity under the close tutelage of qualified supervisors. This course provides a pathway for further study at the Masters or Doctorate levels.

    As a graduate of this course, you will:

    • be able to demonstrate the ability to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge critically to address both traditional and newly formed research problems with intellectual independence in the field of criminology and criminal justice
    • be able to demonstrate advanced critical understanding in a specialised criminological field
    • be able to demonstrate critical thinking and interpretive judgement in developing new understanding in the field of criminology
    • be able to plan and execute a substantial scholarly research project with clarity and independence
    • be able to demonstrate technical and communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas in the field of criminology to a variety of audiences
    • be capable of contributing to the workforce as global citizens and exercising cultural competence, within a diverse context in their work ethic
    • be capable of producing a research output as part of a collaborative research project (e.g. publication, media piece, submission to inquiry or government / non-government body, grant application as either sole or co-author).

    • Subjects

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

      Course structure

      Students require 64 points to graduate.

      The course consists of three core subjects (32 points):

      JST436 Criminological Research (Theory) (8 points)
      JST437 Criminological Research (Methods) (8 points)
      JST438 Key Competencies for Justice Research Professionals (16 points)


      Full-time Students enrol in:

      JST439 Criminology Honours Dissertation Full Time (32 points)

      Part-time Distance Students enrol in:

      JST445 Criminology Honours Dissertation Part Time (32 points)

      Note: JST439 and JST445 are identical subjects. The differentiation is only due to the study mode of the student.

      Enrolment pattern


      Session 1

      JST436 Criminological Research (Theory)
      JST437 Criminological Research (Methods)
      JST438 Key Competencies for Justice Research Professionals (16 points)

      Session 2

      JST439 Criminology Honours Dissertation (32 points)


      Session 1

      JST436 Criminological Research (Theory)
      JST437 Criminological Research (Methods)

      Session 2

      JST438 Key Competencies for Justice Research Professionals (16 points)

      Session 3

      JST445 Criminology Honours Dissertation Part Time (32 points) (commenced)

      Session 4

      JST445 Criminology Honours Dissertation Part Time (completed)

    • Admission information

      Applicants must:

      1.       Hold an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, justice studies, criminology or a related area with an average grade of credit or better.


      2.       Hold an undergraduate degree with a major in criminal justice, justice studies, criminology or related area and have achieved an average grade of credit or better in that major.

      See standard CSU admission criteria

    • Cost of study

      Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

      In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

      Tuition costs
      Commonwealth supported place

      You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


      1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
      2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
      6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

      * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

      More about Commonwealth supported places

      On campus (onshore) study mode
      *Tuition fee per 8 point subject
      Distance education (offshore) study mode
      *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

      * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

      More information about international student fees

    • Course details

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

      Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
      DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJJJZ
      DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYYNIJJZ
      DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKAJZ
      DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEAJZ

      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

      Graduation requirements

      To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (4 subjects).

    • How to apply
      Apply direct to CSU

      An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

      Apply online

      Apply direct to CSU

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

      Apply online

      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.

      International recruitment agents

      CRICOS Code(s)

      036158C (Bathurst)

      Thinking of deferring?

      Find out more about deferral

    • About the School
      School of Humanities and Social Sciences

      CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

    • Academic expectations

      For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

      Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

      Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

      Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

      Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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