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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.
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.
Learn more about OUA Pathways.
*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
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.
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.
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:
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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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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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- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
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