Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Griffith University’s Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, offered through Open Universities Australia, is a broad-based social science degree examining crime and its causes, the criminal justice system and its responses, as well as how crime can be prevented. You will be part of Australia’s largest criminology school and learn from academics whose research is rated ‘well above world standard’ (ERA, 2015), graduating with a professional qualification in the field of criminology. After graduating, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for a range of exciting and challenging careers, in areas such as policing and security, probation and parole, child protection, crime analysis, courts and justice services, crime prevention regulatory agencies and many other government departments and private enterprises.
 

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

The Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a professional qualification. It equips students with the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in the criminal justice system.

Graduates of this course will have the skills and knowledge required for employment in criminal justice areas such as policing, corrections, justice, security, regulatory law enforcement, crime prevention and customs in both private enterprise and government departments.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To be eligible for Commonwealth support for this course, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Pathway OR
  • At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 OR
  • An OP Rank of 16 or an ATAR Score of 65*

*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2016. Until this information is updated in early 2017, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

To get the most out of this course you are recommended to:

  • Start with CCJ101 Criminology Skills, then complete the rest of the Level 1 core units
  • Complete Level 2 core units, CCJ Major & Electives
  • Complete Level 3 core units, CCJ Major & Electives

The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students. Prior to 2016 part-time students may take up to 10 years to accumulate units towards the degree. However, students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate units towards the degree.

To obtain this degree, students must complete 24 units and meet the following criteria:

  • At least eight units must be Griffith University units, studied at second or third year level
  • Completion of eight units at first year level in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Completion of four compulsory Criminology and Criminal Justice units
  • Completion of eight units from the Criminal Justice Major
  • At least four units in the degree must be at third year level
  • Completion of four elective units
  • Students must not study more than 10 units at first year level
  • Students must complete this degree within 10 years

Electives

There are four elective units in this degree. These units can be studied at any level and are free-choice units. Students can study additional Criminology and Criminal Justice units if they wish.

Please note: Although these electives can be studied at any level, in order to meet the award requirements, no more than 2 of your electives can be taken at the first year level.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Criminology Skills
CCJ101 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ113 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Law, Government and Policy
CCJ13 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CCJ10 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Criminology Skills
CCJ1011 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CCJ10 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ113 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Police, Courts and Criminal Law
CCJ12 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Law, Government and Policy
CCJ13 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Homicide
CCJ1142 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Understanding Social Problems
CCJ18 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Doing Criminology
CCJ19 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Students who have successfully completed CCJ16 or COM15 do not need to enrol into CCJ101.
2 Students who have completed CCJ15 and CCJ11 as part of their course can only enrol in CCJ114 as one of their two first year elective units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Psychology of Crime
CCJ20 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Crime
CCJ27 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Statistics for Social Research
CCJ29 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Social Science Research Methods
CCJ32 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Complete 8 units from the following 18 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Innovative Justice
CCJ21 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Offender Profiling
CCJ211 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Victimology
CCJ214 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Gender, Crime and Justice
CCJ215 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Policing
CCJ22 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Understanding Imprisonment
CCJ23 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Law for Criminal Justice Professionals
CCJ24 Griffith Coming in 2017
Situational Crime Prevention and Security Management
CCJ28 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Crime Prevention: Community and Developmental Approaches
CCJ30 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
White Collar Crime
CCJ31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Rehabilitating Offenders
CCJ33 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Professional Ethics and Corruption Prevention
CCJ34 Griffith Coming in 2017
Punishment, Justice and Reform
CCJ36 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Youth Justice
CCJ37 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ38 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Race, Crime and Justice
CCJ39 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Crime and Media
CCJ213 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Evolutionary Criminology
CCJ320 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact the Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith prior to registering in any units through Open Universities Australia.

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Students are required to register with Griffith University for this award by completing a registration https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/griffithpay/Griffith-OUA-Study-Plan.html
for a study plan by paying the required fee. The non-refundable $150 registration fee is payable when the registration is submitted.

The $150 fee is not applicable to students who have accepted a Commonwealth supported place.
 

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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Unit loan
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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Changes in 2014:

Students who have completed both of the discontinued units CCJ15 An Introduction to Crime & CCJ11 Introduction to Criminal Justice, will NOT need to enrol into the new units CCJ114 Homicide or CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Students who have only completed CCJ15 will need to complete CCJ114 Homicide but NOT CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Students who have only completed CCJ11 will need to complete CCJ113 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice but NOT CCJ114 Homicide.

Units CCJ15 and CCJ113 are the only units listed above that are considered to be academically equivalent.

Changes in 2015:

A new Core Unit has been introduced in 2015: CCJ101 - Criminology Skills.

This unit has replaced COM15 - Developing Research and Analytical Skills

Students who have completed any of the following units will NOT need to complete CCJ101 Criminology Skills

  • CCJ16 Professional Communication
  • COM15 Developing Research and Analytical Skills

New Elective Options:
In the Criminal Justice Major there are 4 new units to choose from bringing up the total of choices from 12 to 16. The new units are:

  • CCJ211 Offender Profiling
  • CCJ214 Victimology
  • CCJ215 Gender, Crime and Justice
  • CCJ30 Crime Prevention: Community and Developmental Approaches

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