Bachelor of Justice Studies
Pursue what’s right in justice policy and practice
Work towards a career in social, environmental, or criminal justice systems. Consider laws and ethics beyond national borders. Explore justice concepts and theory. With problem solving skills you’ll be prepared to make changes for a better world.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 05 Feb 23
- 25 Jun 23
Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Communicate independently, by written, oral and technology supported modes, to demonstrate comprehension of the social, environmental, legal, ethical and political issues affecting justice policy and practice.
- Demonstrate judgement and intellectual independence in identifying and solving problems, applying knowledge, analytical and technical skills as a basis for decision-making and planning across key justice issues locally, nationally and internationally.
- Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex factual scenarios and make evidence based, professional and ethical conclusions.
- Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills with flexibility and creativity to investigate justice issues, and to create new ways of understanding the world and addressing perceived injustice.
Imagine working for an international organisation like the United Nations, Amnesty International, Australian Human Rights Commission, and Australian Red Cross, within the Police, Department of Justice or Correctional Services.In an environment where government and non-government organisations are now partnering together to overcome justice problems, as a graduate you will be prepared for a diverse choice of career options. You’ll graduate with skills to work in and across national government agencies, international government and non-government organisations, and the non-profit and community sectors.
Our graduates pursue employment in a wide range of occupations such as:
- Welfare Officers
- Youth Workers or Advocates
- Victim Support Workers
- Human Rights Advocates
- NGO campaigner
- advise on environmental policy as a public servant
- academic career by pursuing higher degree research
In an ever-evolving sector, you’ll have the skills to find your niche.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 4 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified
Successful completion of a minimum of 2 (25 credit points) undergraduate subjects of study within an equivalent AQF level program or higher.
ATAR: 50 or higher
Successful completion of certificate IV or higher
Work and Life
Supporting Statement/Personal Competency Statement with extensive and sustained work experience
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here. https://www.utas.edu.au/study/apply/admission-requirements/recognition-of-prior-learning
The world needs passionate change leaders, now more than ever. Whether you choose to protect natural resources, protect the world’s most vulnerable, lead emergency response teams or participate in foreign aid, becoming a ‘justice practitioner’ starts with a Bachelor of Justice Studies.
Learn about justice issues affecting the places where you live, work, play and study and how they connect to wider regional, national and international concerns. You will be exposed to interdisciplinary expertise and world leading experts in a unique program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to improve justice policy and practice. Prepare yourself to address perceived injustice issues that cross a range of societal, criminal, indigenous and environmental areas.
Discover the nature of justice, harm and morality, and consider the efficacy of formal (laws, regulation, policing) and informal (organised protest, community, non-profit and volunteer organisations, online platforms) channels for achieving justice.
Turn your passion into action with research-led learning experiences across different justice scenarios. Learn to interrogate a range of complex justice issues including domestic and international crime, environmental threats such as climate change, domestic violence, international terror, humanitarian crises, and species extinction.
Throughout the degree you will be asked to consider ethical issues related to the representation of Indigenous communities, histories and events. You will explore issues important to Indigenous people and produce analytical and fair work that pursues social justice for all Indigenous experiences, both in terms of how these experiences are represented in and by criminal and social justice.
In an environment where government and non-government organisations are now partnering together to overcome justice problems, as a graduate you will be prepared for a diverse choice of career options. Gain experience and network through work-integrated learning opportunities and exchange programs across more than 100 locations globally. Develop your skills to work in and across national government agencies, international government and non-government organisations, and the non-profit volunteer and community sector.
Imagine working for an international organisation like the United Nations, Amnesty International, Australian Human Rights Commission, and Australian Red Cross, within the Police, Department of Justice or Correctional Services.
Develop your research, analytical and communication skills through presentations, essays and report writing. You will be able to assess justice scenarios such as IRAQ reports and community resilience audits and reflect on the learnings of work-placed activities with offenders and in the juvenile justice settings.
Available fully online across Australia, and on-campus from Hobart. Our degree works with you, your family, your career, and your lifestyle.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended. If students are undertaking part-time study, we recommend that students complete all first year compulsory subjects prior to completing elective subjects to maximise success.
Year 1. 8 subjects in first year including:
- 6 compulsory subjects:
- TAS-HGA101 Sociology: Understanding the Social World
- TAS-HGA107 Crime and Criminal Justice
- TAS-HIR101 Introduction to International Relations
- TAS-HPP102 Justice in Practice
- TAS-HPP103 Justice in Theory
- TAS-HSP101 Introduction to Emergency Management
- 2 UTAS electives
Year 2. 8 subjects in second year including:
- 6 compulsory subjects:
- TAS-HGA259 Crime and Deviance
- TAS-HGA280 Social Research
- TAS-HPP216 Key Concepts in Social Justice
- TAS-HPP217 Critical Indigenous Policy
- TAS-HPP222 Modern Political Ideologies
- TAS-HSP235 Emergency Management Cycle
- 2 UTAS electives
Year 3. 8 subjects in third year including:
- 4 compulsory subjects:
- TAS-HAB308 Indigenous Justice Issues
- TAS-HGA332 Working with Offenders
- TAS-HGA344 Green Criminology and Environmental Crime
- TAS-HIR304 Order, Violence and Justice
- 4 UTAS electives
Satisfactory completion of 24 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 3-7 years from commencement.
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