Bachelor of Criminal Justice

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Writer | Sociologist | Parole Officer | Historian | Criminologist | View All

Course Rundown

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice course offered by Charles Sturt University is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of people involved in criminal and social justice occupations. Developed in consultation with police, the justice community and academics, this nationally accredited course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the criminal justice field.

Students receive foundational studies in subjects covering human rights and policing, social research, punishment and the state, drugs and crime, and social policy in Australia. Students also have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their interests and professional goals by taking one of several minor specialisations. These include the subject streams of politics, welfare, justice practice, policing, psychology, sociology, management and juvenile justice.

Practical work placement

Some subjects in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice include field work placements with justice organisations, ensuring students gain an introduction to diverse professional environments, and graduate with a strong mix of practical work experience and academic foundation.


To be eligible for this course, you must meet the following:

  • Have an ATAR of 65, or equivalent; OR
  • Have successfully completed minimum of two subjects at a university level; OR
  • Have a certificate III or higher VET qualification, or equivalent; OR
  • Have at least two years' relevant industry experience; OR
  • Have partially completed 50% or more of a TAFE diploma-level qualification; OR
  • Have successfully completed a TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), or bridging program

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

What You’ll Learn

In this criminal justice course, the subjects you will study include: These core subjects:

  • Introduction to the Australian legal system
  • Reasoning, values and communication
  • Introductory sociology
  • Indigenous Australians and justice
  • Foundations of psychology
  • Punishment and the state
  • Young people and crime
  • Criminology: history and theory
  • Criminal law and process
  • Police and the community
  • Social research
  • Gender and crime
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Drugs, crime and society
  • Indigenous issues in policing
  • Crimes of the powerful
  • Justice studies workplace learning

Plus five subjects from the following electives:


  • Introduction to police investigations
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Evidence law and procedure
  • Crime, media, and culture
  • Sentencing law and practice
  • Foundations in social policy


  • Fields of practice
  • Child abuse and protection
  • Mental health and mental disorder
  • Welfare practice with children, young people and their carers
  • Law for human services
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Developing cross-cultural competencies
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling

History and politics

  • Gender, sexuality and identity in Europe from 1890
  • Australian civics and citizenship
  • Theories of justice
  • Political ideas
  • Politics of identity
  • Australian government and politics
  • Organised crime
  • Politics and the media


  • Foundations of psychology
  • Research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of personality
  • Theories of psychological intervention

Psychology (applied)

  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Psychology of crime
  • Health psychology
  • Psychology of ageing
  • Psychology of substance abuse
  • Psychology and the legal system
  • Psychology of stress and trauma


  • Social inequality
  • Sociology of youth
  • Class: images and society
  • Gender, family and society
  • Community analysis
  • Organisations, culture and society

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Charles Sturt University.

Whether you are already working in the criminal justice field or are seeking to make inroads into this fascinating and worthwhile career, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to get ahead and make a positive difference. You’ll have the social scientific credentials and the understanding of criminal behaviour to make a solid contribution to any social justice or criminal justice environment. Upon graduation, students are eligible to enter roles in corrections, probation and parole, work with offenders and families, work in juvenile justice, justice research and policy, policing, or other social justice occupations. This course also serves as a strong foundation from which to launch further postgraduate study in the sector.

Curious about where a career in criminal justice could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.