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Mental Health, Psychology and the Criminal Justice System

Undergraduate | GRF-CCJ110 | 2024

Previously GRF-CCJ10

Investigate how police, courts, and corrections interact with people with mental disorders. You’ll use psychological theory to explore mental health issues that youth, Indigenous people, and women face in the system. Learn the symptoms. Build resilience.

Study method
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Enrol by
19 May 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
27 May 2024,
25 Nov 2024

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Mental Health, Psychology and the Criminal Justice System

About this subject

  • After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

    1. Recognise and describe the nature, symptoms, and prevalence of mental disorders in the criminal justice system
    2. Navigate the criminal justice system policy settings and processes that affect professional practices and interactions with individuals with mental disorders
    3. Reflect on the unique difficulties and problems for an individual with a mental disorder as they progress through the criminal justice system
    4. Appraise the competing views and multiple goals within the criminal justice system regarding individuals with mental disorders and their circumstances
    5. Critique the effectiveness of existing criminal justice system processes, practices, and ethical considerations for engaging with diverse populations and their unique needs
    6. Develop skills relevant to professional practice within the criminal justice system to provide meaningful contributions and improved outcomes for individuals with mental disorders

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-CCJ10 (Not currently available)


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.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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