Identify the skills you'll need for a career in criminology and criminal justice. Gain awareness of the main source materials used and how to fulfill the academic requirements. Apply your criminological skills during practical activities.
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- 31 Aug 2020
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After successfully completing this subject students will be able to:
- Identify a broad range of careers open to graduates of criminology and criminal justice programs, and be aware of strategies that can assist you in entering the career of your choice.
- Understand the professional and academic skills needed for success, and to have developed your own skills in key areas.
- Identify the main sources that contribute to our knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal process
- Engage in a reasoned evaluation of the quality of criminological source material, and to use that material to structure a logical and reasoned argument.
- Demonstrate an understanding of when, and how, to provide references and avoid plagiarism
- Show improvement in your ability to plan, research and write in clear, correct English.
- Criminology careers and how to get one
- Thinking critically
- Supporting arguments: Sources of information
- Using information
- Selling your skills
- Planning your university and career experience
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.
No special requirements
This introductory subject introduces students to key practical and academic skills necessary for their criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree and beyond in the workplace. Students are invited to reflect on the employment opportunities open to them when they graduate, and the skills necessary to achieve their employment goals. Through the lectures, tutorials and assessments, students will build a portfolio of their skills, and consider the opportunities and resources available to them at Griffith for increasing employability. The subject focuses on the key skills of critical thinking, information literacy and communication. Students will become competent in searching for, and evaluating, criminological materials so they can think critically about criminological issues, and present their own ideas in a logical and convincing way. Students will be introduced to a range of tools to assist in their assessments beyond this subject. The subject concludes with some reflections on the opportunities available to students at Griffith to assist their professional development, and plan for their future careers. Throughout the subject, an emphasis is placed on practical activities. This is based on an understanding that students learn best by doing things and by practicing their skills
- Critical analysis (10%)
- Search Strategy (10%)
- Essay Plan (30%)
- Essay (30%)
- Criminology Skills Portfolio 1 (10%)
- Criminology Skills Portfolio 2 (10%)
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