Subject details

This subject will focus on developing each student’s own Personal Professional Practice Framework: the combined abilities, competencies, and patterns of practice that reflect the student’s values and knowledge-in-action as it is being acquired and applied. The subject fosters ongoing reflective practice of each student and considers the place of the individual in the professional workplace, including the range of professional cultures to which they must be to able adapt, strategies for self-care and techniques for acquiring further knowledge and skills as their career progresses. In summary, the subject aims:

  1. To actively prepare students for their entry into the professional workplace.
  2. To develop the students’ ability to reflect upon professional practice.
  3. To assist and encourage students to begin to develop a questioning, analytical, critical and self-evaluative approach towards their professional duties and professional tasks.
  4. To provide students with the opportuntiy to reflectively consider the methods of 'self-care' required for long-term resilience within the criminal justice profession.
    • Introduction and Overview
    • Job search activities
    • The Written Application Process
    • Developing Employability
    • The Interview Process
    • Careers in Criminology I
    • Organizational Structures
    • Accountability, Legitimacy, and Culture
    • Building a Professional Practice Framework
    • Self Care, Wellbeing, and Resilience
    • Communication for Different Audiences
    • Careers in Criminology II
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links


Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience. 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.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note: This subject is no longer available in 2019.

Please note: Students who have started the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice before 2017 do not have to do this subject as a core, but can do the subject as one of their electives.

This subject is designed to enable students to relate what they have already learned about key concepts underlying the criminology and criminal justice systems to the kinds of careers available to them upon graduation. Participation in this degree will require that students develop a broad understanding of the kinds of jobs available in the range of workplaces employing criminology and criminal justice graduates and of the knowledge and skills they demand. It will also mean that students will need to develop and articulate awareness of their own strengths and of the kinds of contributions they are best equipped to make. This degree focusses on career development, linking theory and practice and reflective thinking skills. It is therefore relevant for all students, including those with extensive work experience.

  • Reflection A (10%)
  • Reflection B (20%)
  • Tutorial Activities (30%)
  • Final Reflective Essay (40%)