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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)

Course code: 3914 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Criminal Justice) ~ Total credit points required: 144 ~ 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Multimode (Gippsland)

Course description

The Criminal Justice degree also provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the complexity of crime, to identify and evaluate the effectiveness or otherwise of the criminal justice process, and to consider new and radical alternatives for dealing with crime.

Students will compare and contrast regional, rural and urban crime and evaluate policies which are supposed to prevent crime. They will also study public safety, forensic psychology, causes of deviant behaviour, and security-related issues.

Course objectives

The course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to better understand crime, crime prevention and the criminal justice process, and to analyse and evaluate traditional, innovative and radical alternatives for dealing with crime.

Course structure

Students complete a criminal justice major, a prescribed sequence from Australian Indigenous studies and an arts minor with additional studies chosen from a variety of arts disciplines.

Areas of study

In addition to the criminal justice major, minors can be taken in Australian Indigenous studies, communications, history-politics, psychological studies, psychology, public relations, social and community welfare, sociology and writing.

For full information on the minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Students must complete the following:

(a) a criminal justice major (48 points) incorporating:

plus two of:

(b) two compulsory core units (12 points):

  • AIS2025/3025 Activism, politics and Indigenous Australia*
  • AIS2808/3808 Human rights and the Indigenous Australian experience*

(c) an arts minor (24 points)

(d) another 12 points in arts sequence at first-year level

(e) a further 36 points at first, second or third-year level including SCY2817 Quantitative social research)

(f) a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (includes those completed in the criminal justice major).

    *These units can only be undertaken at either level two or level three, eg students cannot study both SCY3805 and SCY2805.

Note that no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level. Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

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