Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(CrimJustice)
CRICOS code058231F
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus.


This course 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 study issues that compare and contrast regional, state, national and international crime and crime prevention policies. They will also study public safety, security-related issues and criminal forensic psychology.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of crime, criminal behaviour, crime prevention and the criminal justice process
  • analyse and evaluate traditional, innovative and radical alternatives for dealing with crime
  • analyse and synthesise knowledge from a range of relevant sources
  • evaluate the role of research and theory in the advancement of knowledge within the discipline of criminal justice
  • apply critical understanding of personal, social and cultural understandings of crime and the ethical attitudes that underpin the study of crime
  • demonstrate advanced skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit
  • apply a critical awareness of international crime and crime prevention in the context of globalisation and technological change.


This course consists of a criminal justice major, two compulsory Australian Indigenous studies units and an arts minor, with additional studies.

Areas of study


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a criminal justice major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in one of the disciplines listed under 'Areas of study' (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) two compulsory Australian Indigenous studies units (12 points):

(e.) a further 48 points from arts or another faculty.

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level across the duration of the degree.

Of the total 144 points required, 96 points must be in the structure outlined in steps (a.) to (d.), and the remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or from disciplines outside the faculty. This means students can study a second major from the Arts faculty or a major (equivalent) from another faculty. A major from a faculty other than Arts usually requires the permission of that faculty.

When selecting units not for a major or minor, these can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty.

* These units can only be undertaken at either level two or level three, e.g. students cannot study both ATS2364 and ATS3364.


Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)