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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipCrim
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Caulfield)
Course coordinator

Assoc Prof Colleen Lewis


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


The Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology offers students an opportunity to pursue an advanced coursework program in criminal justice. It provides an overview of local, national and international issues in criminal justice and engages students in criminal justice research. The program examines issues such as criminal justice practice and reform, policing, security and risk management, managing criminal justice, crime prevention and criminal behaviours and enterprises. It places criminal justice issues in historical and contemporary social and political contexts. Students also have the opportunity to pursue independent criminal justice research.


Students successfully completing the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate arguments
  • demonstrate critical understanding of key issues in criminal justice practice and reform at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of policing, security and risk management matters at the state, national and international level
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary criminal justice issues at the state, federal and international level
  • undertake independent criminal justice research
  • communicate clearly and persuasively.


Students complete two level-four core units (24 points), and level-four electives to the value of 24 points. All units except where indicated are worth 12 points.


Students complete two core units:

  • CJM4002 Policing, security and risk management
  • CJM4030 Criminal justice practice and reform

And two elective units from the following:

  • CJM4001 Crime prevention: A global perspective
  • CJM4004 Criminal behaviours and enterprises: Individuals, groups and grganisations
  • CJM4040 Managing criminal justice issues
  • HSM4302 Management and leadership in human services
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in this course to the value of 24 points may apply to exit with a related graduate certificate.


Graduate Diploma in Criminology