The Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology is a coursework degree for graduates seeking an interdisciplinary specialised education at an advanced level in criminal justice law, policy, theory and practice. It is jointly offered by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences drawing on the acknowledged excellence in research and teaching of criminal justice and criminology in each Faculty. The program provides graduates from a variety of disciplines with a strong understanding of criminological and legal research, and legal and criminological perspectives on the practices and regulation of criminal justice institutions and processes. The Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology will not itself lead to a professional qualification for legal practice but will enable a student to acquire expertise in criminal justice and related fields.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
To provide an interdisciplinary study program that meets the developmental requirements of students interested in careers in fields that intersect with the criminal justice system;
To impart an advanced level of knowledge and analytical ability in relation to the issues, problems and conduct of criminal law and procedure, criminal justice and criminology and the areas of interaction between the disciplines;
To provide depth of study and research opportunities with respect to contemporary and social issues emerging from the interrelationship between law, criminal justice and criminology;
To provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the criminal justice system in Australia and globally.
Candidates must complete 36 uoc for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Except as indicated, each course is worth 6uoc.
There are THREE compulsory courses:
CRIM5001 Explaining Crime 2 (6 UOC)
LAWS8090 Conceptualising Criminal Laws (6 UOC)
LAWS8101 Legal Concepts Research (6 UOC)
LLB graduates will not be required to complete LAWS8101 Legal Concepts, Research and Writing for Criminal Justice and Criminology or LAWS8090 Conceptualising Criminal Laws. Instead, they will be required to complete electives in lieu of these courses.
Similarly, those who have completed undergraduate studies in criminology will not be required to complete CRIM5001 Explaining Crime 2. Instead, they will be required to complete an elective in lieu of this course.
The Enrolment Guide for the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology can be found on the UNSW Law Website.
Not all electives are available every year or each semester and unless otherwise indicated, each course is 6 uoc. Other courses may be added as new courses are developed and changed.
Students may choose to take up to two courses (12uoc) from non-approved Law electives or non-Law courses offered at UNSW. Students must complete the online Manual Enrolment Form on the UNSW Law Website.
Students are also permitted to complete two courses (12uoc) via cross-institutional study at other universities in Australia. Please read the Cross Institutional Information Sheet for further information
GDCJC students are NOT permitted to enrol in either LAWS8423 Research Thesis or CRIM5000 CJ Research Thesis.
The following electives are available towards the Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice and Criminology:
CRIM5002 Sex and Crime (6 UOC)
LAWS8011 Anti-Money Laundering (6 UOC)
LAWS8012 Corruption Law and Policy (6 UOC)
LAWS8013 Transnational Policing (6 UOC)
LAWS8015 Explaining Punishment (6 UOC)
LAWS8030 Cybercrime (6 UOC)
LAWS8037 Surv Security and Democracy (6 UOC)
LAWS8060 Human Rights in Asia (6 UOC)
LAWS8075 Gender, Race and Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8076 Issues in Criminal Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8087 IL and Use of Force (6 UOC)
LAWS8103 Crime Prevention Policy (6 UOC)
LAWS8105 Juvenile Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8117 Issues in Restorative Justice (6 UOC)
LAWS8122 Critical Victimology (6 UOC)
LAWS8123 Indigenous Children Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8124 Indigenous Women and the Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8125 Criminal Process: Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8172 Therapeutic Jurisprudence (6 UOC)
LAWS8180 Principles of Intl Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8181 International Human Rights (6 UOC)
LAWS8188 Law of Armed Conflict (6 UOC)
LAWS8195 Taking Facts Seriously (6 UOC)
LAWS8201 Sentencing: Law, Policy & Prac (6 UOC)
LAWS8209 Crim Justice:Global Perspectiv (6 UOC)
LAWS8289 Comparative Anti-Terrorism Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8981 Mastering Facilitation (6 UOC)
LAWS8991 International Criminal Law (6 UOC)
LAWS8994 Fraud, Forgery and Dishonesty (6 UOC)
POLS5103 Law, War and Justice (6 UOC)
PSCY9913 Deviant & Criminal Sexual Beha (6 UOC)
SRAP5001 Policy Analysis (6 UOC)
SRAP5002 Info. & Research for Policy (6 UOC)
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