Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice - 2017

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

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 11 units to complete
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Postgraduate studies in criminology and criminal justice provide a pathway to professional advancement for those working in these fields. The courses are designed to provide an overview of criminological theory and research, the workings of the criminal justice system and allied organisations, insight into key policy debates and an understanding of research methods.

The courses introduce social and psychological explanations of crime, as well as contemporary debates in criminological theory. Beyond the core elements of the course in policing, community development, crime prevention, law and behaviour and social science research methods you will have the opportunity to study electives from criminal justice, research practice, policing, corrections and crime prevention.

The Masters Degree (Coursework) qualifies individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.

KNOWLEDGE

Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • an advanced body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in criminology and criminal justice and related policy environments
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to criminology and criminal justice.


SKILLS

Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will have:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on criminological theory and professional practice
  • cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex crime-related problems, concepts and theories and to apply established criminological theories to different bodies of knowledge or operational practice in criminal justice agencies
  • cognitive and technical skills to generate and evaluate complex contemporary crime and criminal justice ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to key stakeholder groups in the criminal justice system
  • technical and communication skills to theorise, design, analyse and evaluate about evidence based policies that contribute to criminal justice system practice or scholarship.


APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

Graduates of the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Coursework) will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • (with initiative) to new situations in professional criminal justice system practice and/or for further learning
  • with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

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Graduates from this course typically pursue careers in criminal justice-related fields, including crime prevention, community development, security, policing, corrections, family services, law, justice administration and policy, customs, mental and community health, local government, military services and criminal justice research organisations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, a student must:

  • hold a three-year bachelor degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale)
  • OR hold a Graduate Certificate of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale).
  • A degree equivalent to the discipline of criminology and criminal justice would be one that focused on criminal justice issues, had research methods training and has theory subjects applicable to criminological studies.

Language Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 68 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.


 

To be eligible for the award of Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice (MCCJ), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for core courses including CCJ747 Independent Project (20 credit points) and
  • gain 40 credit points for elective courses.
  • the maximum period for completing this program is 5 years
Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Advanced Criminological Theories (Causes)
CCJ744 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Planned Change in Criminal Justice
CCJ746 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Justice and Crime (Responses)
CCJ7401 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
CCJ722 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Individual Project
CCJ7472 Griffith Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Quantitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Quantitative Social Research)
CCJ736 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Qualitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Qualitative Social Research)
CCJ737 Griffith Sess 1 - -

1 This unit was previously coded CCJ705.
2 This is a double unit.

Complete 4 units from the following 11 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ7241 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies
CCJ711 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Crime Mapping
CCJ732 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Intelligence Led Policing
CCJ733 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Interventions with Offenders
CCJ730 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ715 Griffith - Sess 2 -
Advanced Assessment & Management in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ714 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health (previously CCJ741)
CCJ750 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Law and Behaviour
CCJ707 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Mental Disorder and Crime
CCJ713 Griffith Sess 1 - -
Developmental Crime Prevention
CCJ723 Griffith - Sess 2 -

1 Previously known as Crime Analysis.

RPL/Credit may be awarded according to Griffith University policies and applicants are encouraged to contact the course coordinator for further information.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on oua-services@griffith.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • 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

Find out more about 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

Students who have been accepted into the Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice or the Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 2, 2016.

Changes in 2015:

Two units are being removed from the Stream A electives list;

CCJ722 - Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis
CCJ709 - Statistics for Social Research

If you have completed either of these units prior to 2015, please choose your remaining units from the new course structure.

The following unit has been recoded from:
CCJ741 - Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health
to:
CCJ750 - Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health

This course has undergone a major change due to recent updates in the Australian Qualification Framework. All students beginning their studies from 2015 will need to follow the new course structure. Existing students may continue to follow the pre-2015 award structure.

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