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Monash University Handbook 2011 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)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Associate Professor 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.


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


Students complete two core units:

  • APG4417 Policing, security and risk management
  • APG4264 Criminal behaviours and enterprises: Individuals, groups and organisations

plus two elective units from the following:

  • APG4416 Crime prevention: A global perspective
  • APG4667 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • APG4762 Management and leadership in human services

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with course 3782 Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice and Criminology.


Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology