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Corrections Major


Provides students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the criminal justice system, with a focus on offender management.

The major develops students' interpersonal and leadership skills, while building a comprehensive understanding of the theories of offender management and motivational change. Students will develop an appreciation for the complex issues surrounding offender management and how they can work within an environment that seeks to reduce recidivism. The major is relevant to students with an interest in criminology and justice, but also has a wider appeal to social work, psychology, security and other students in the humanities discipline.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
CRI2101Professional Skills - Case Management15
MAN3121Leadership 15
CRI2202Youth Justice15
CRI3105Community Corrections (Theory and Practice)15
CRI3109International Human Rights15
CRI3206Misconduct and Corruption Prevention15

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in the review and production of research and/or policy relevant to corrections.
  2. Adapt knowledge and skills to work with young people and/or adults in correctional (custodial and non-custodial) settings.
  3. Communicate knowledge and ideas, relevant to penology and corrections, to academic, professional and non-professional audiences.
  4. Demonstrate a deep and coherent knowledge of legislation and practical requirements to successfully case manage young people and adults in the justice system.
  5. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of theories and research relevant to penology and correctional practice.
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in generating and planning evidence-based recommendations for correctional policy and practice.
  7. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to recommend practical, ethical and/or legislative solutions to issues in corrections.
  8. Review, analyse and synthesise criminological theory and research data relevant to corrections.
  9. Take responsibility for own learning and development by reflecting on and evaluating practices, communication styles and performance feedback.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

The criminal justice system is a popular career path, with employment opportunities in fields such as the court system, government and private prison systems, community-based corrections, and offender treatment programs. Employment opportunities also exist in community services, sociology and youth work, the public and private sector, Government agencies, research and universities, criminology, policy development, intelligence, crime analysis and restorative justice.

Possible future job titles

Community Corrections Officer, Youth Justice Officer, Prison Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, Victim Support Officer, Policy Development Officer, Researcher, Community Services Officer, Security Services Officer, Intelligence Officer

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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