Course Information

Associate Degree in Criminology and Justice

Effective from 01-JAN-2019 : Code C25

This course adopts a contemporary approach to the education of practitioners in the areas of policing and corrections. Students will develop an understanding of the theory and research that informs policing practice and offender management as well as excellent academic literacy skills. The design of this course also facilitates students practical skills and provides opportunities for students to apply their learning.


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Practicum Requirement

Students are required to complete Police or Corrective Services training as a unit in the last semester of study. Students must apply for this independently, it is not organised by ECU.

Application process

JUS2100 Police Academy Practicum and CRI2700 Corrective Services Academy Practicum are units that are taught solely at the relevant Academy. Students must not enrol in these units. Upon successful completion of recruit training students will be given advanced standing for the unit.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques in criminology to work with young people and/or adults in custodial and non custodial settings in both individual and collaborative settings.
  2. Apply technology and transliteracy skills to summarise and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research and its application to different contexts in criminology.
  3. Communicate criminological knowledge to express ideas, using both written and oral forms and applying English language proficiency for varied audiences.
  4. Demonstrate accountability for personal outputs and development by reflecting on practices and performance in individual and collaborative settings.
  5. Demonstrate broad technical and theoretical knowledge with depth in theoretical criminology perspectives, principles and legislation required for practice in criminal and social justice professions.
  6. Demonstrate cross cultural awareness and indigenous cultural competence to work with indigenous people and other cultural groups within criminal justice settings.
  7. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to generate ideas and recommend evidence-based solutions for criminological paraprofessional practice.
  8. Identify, analyse, synthesise and act on the theories of criminology and social justice in both national and international jurisdictions.
  9. Interpret and communicate responses to recommend appropriate and sustainable solutions to sometimes complex problems in criminology, applying policies, procedures in ethical, legislative, international and global perspectives.

Admission requirements

Academic standard for the following admission pathways:

  • ATAR
  • Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Experienced Based Entry (where accepted)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test
  • University Preparation Course
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course

Course Specific Admission Requirements

All applicants are required to meet the admission requirements of the Western Australian Police or the Department of Corrective Services. Applicants who have previously completed equivalent police or corrections training in another jurisdiction will be considered for entrance. Admission requirements for WA Police can be found at Admission requirements for Corrective Services (Community Custodial Officer, Juvenile Custodial Officer or Prison Officer) can be found at

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 2 Years
  • Part Time: 4 Years

Course Delivery

Joondalup Mount Lawley South West (Bunbury) Online
Full Time, Part Time Full Time, Part Time

Course Co-ordinator

Dr Natalie Jane GATELY

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1100Essential Skills for University Study in Criminology and Law15
CRI1107The Criminal Justice Process15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI1104The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour15
CRI1208Research Methods I15
CRI2103 ^Correctional Studies - Theory and Practice15
CRI2201 ^Critical Aspects of Policing15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CRI2115Psychology and Criminal Justice15
CRI2110Research Methods II15
CRI3120Aboriginal Australians in the Criminal Justice System15
Elective Unitx 115
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
JUS2100 ^Police Academy Practicum
CRI2700 ^Corrective Services Practicum

^ Core Option

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.