Bachelor of Justice Studies (13Q)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
​​​​​​The future of our planet and the environment relies on a fair and just society. Focus your studies on environmental or humanitarian justice to open a range of career opportunities.

In Tasmania, we have a long history of fighting for those who need a voice. The Bachelor of Justice studies is built on the issues facing social and environmental justice in our home state. Students can explore topical and relevant examples, such as Tasmania leading the charge in gender reform, or issues related to housing, employment and asylum seekers.

Your studies will explore a range of justice settings including environmental, human rights, criminal, indigenous justice, and applied justice analytics through Forensic Studies and Emergency Management. You'll graduate ready to make a positive impact on your community.

  • Specialise in Social Justice and Human Rights which reflect social change and demand for job ready graduates who seek to apply their learnings to real world problems.
  • Give yourself every chance to deepen your understanding, gain experience and network through work-integrated learning opportunities, internships and exchange programs in across more than sixty countries.
  • Engage and learn from the world's leading experts in Criminology, Policing and Emergency Management, Sociology and Politics and International Relations, through a unique course which brings together criminal and social justice.

This course is developed within an applied framework that develops your real world problem solving capabilities which can be applied in local, national, and global employment opportunities. Prepare yourself for criminal and social justice workplaces by learning independently and collaboratively about the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues related to crime and justice. Imagine working for an international organisation like the United Nations, Amnesty International, Australian Human Rights Commission, and Australian Red Cross, within the Police, Department of Justice or Correctional Services.

The flexible structure of this degree allows you to tailor course content to suit your own interests. Dive deeper to develop your Justice Studies specialisation, or broaden your learning across other areas of interest with a major (eight units), minor (four units) or individual elective units from across the University of Tasmania*.

Did you know? You can study the Bachelor of Justice Studies completely by distance online, on-campus, or a combination of both.

* Subject to any unit requisites, academic approval and course quotas.

Delivered by the School of Social Sciences, this course is developed within an applied framework that develops your real world problem solving capabilities which can be applied in local, national, and global employment opportunities. Prepare yourself for criminal and social justice workplaces by learning independently and collaboratively about the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues related to crime and justice.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Justice Studies (AQF Level 7) graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate independently, by written, oral and technology supported modes, to demonstrate comprehension of the social, environmental, legal, ethical and political issues affecting justice policy and practice.
  • Demonstrate judgement and intellectual independence in identifying and solving problems, applying knowledge, analytical and technical skills as a basis for decision-making and planning across key justice issues locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex factual scenarios and make evidence based, professional and ethical conclusions.
  • Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills with flexibility and creativity to investigate justice issues, and to create new ways of understanding the world and addressing perceived injustice.
Learn beyond the classroom

Studying in Tasmania, our whole Island becomes your campus. Speak with your unit coordinator about how you can gain practical experience by volunteering in research initiatives, becoming an ambassador, or taking part in a work experience program.

Study overseas at one of our partner institutions

Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester, or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

UPDATE (MARCH) 2021: Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Face-to-Face Study Abroad & Exchange programs have been postponed until 2022.

Alternative Virtual Exchange Opportunities can be found on our Virtual Overseas Experiences tab here For more information please contact Global.Mobility@utas.edu.au

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Become a Student Ambassador

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Through the Student Ambassador Program you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

The University of Tasmania is integrated into all areas of industry locally, nationally and internationally be it through research or work placement programs. Talk to your course coordinator about finding an opportunity to take part in a work experience, placement, or extracurricular activities during your degree.

Career outcomes

Olivia Hasler has always loved the environment and is passionate about that criminal aspect. She travelled from the US to combine these interests at the University of Tasmania.

Olivia Hasler
Justice Studies student

In an environment where government and non-government organisations are now partnering together to combat social and environmental justice issues, the Bachelor of Justice Studies will prepare you for employment in organisations networked across social, environmental and criminal justice systems. The unique skill set that you will acquire from this degree will prepare you for employment locally here in Tasmania, domestically in Australia, or internationally:

  • Administration officer
  • Border protection officer
  • Child and family service worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Client service officer
  • Community corrections officer
  • Corrective services officer
  • Court support worker
  • Courts administration worker
  • Criminologist
  • Disability support worker
  • Drug and alcohol support worker
  • Forensic services worker
  • Homelessness and housing support worker
  • Human rights advocate
  • Information officer
  • Insurance fraud investigator
  • Intelligence analyst
  • International aid worker
  • Mediation case worker
  • Police
  • Policy adviser or analyst
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Program coordinator
  • Public servant
  • Refugee support worker
  • Security and crime prevention officers
  • State and Federal police
  • Victim support worker
  • Welfare officer
  • Youth worker
  • Youth advocate

Course structure

The Bachelor of Justice Studies requires the completion of 300 credit points, including:

  • 200 credit points of Core units and;
  • 100 credit points of Elective units.

In your core units you will complete 75 credit points at Introductory level, 75 credit points at Intermediate level and 50 credit points at Advanced level.

In your Elective component you are able to choose from any units which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. To explore the units available, go to the Course and Unit Handbook - unit search.

You can also complete a major in your elective space from other courses in the University.

You will need to complete all 75 credit points of Introductory core units. Normally, you would complete your introductory units before attempting Intermediate units.

Sociology is essential for understanding the turbulence, change, diversity and mobility of the modern world. Sociology offers a precise way to understand, track and assess how ever-changing aspirations, technologies and economies impact on our social relations and cultures. In Sociology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will focus on sociological approaches to crime and the criminal justice system with the objective of understanding research and debates about: (i) the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections); (ii) patterns of crime (measuring crime victims…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

We live in an uncertain and challenging era where global issues increasingly affect ourlocal daily lives. Forty years of uneven globalisation has been accompanied by the rise ofcorporations, regional and international institutions, and international nongovernmentalagencies. As important influencers of decision-making,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to enable students to contextualise justice in practice. The unit provides students with an opportunity to understand the challenges of being a justice practitioner and taking responsibility for ensuring that a just outcome is achieved. Upon…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students will investigate different approaches to justice. The unit introduces students to theorists such (Plato, Socrates, Kant, Hobbes Locke, and Rawls) Through a justice discourse students will consider the nature and characteristics of justice. Students will also…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Emergency management is when our communities, the public sector (governmentagencies), the private sector (businesses) and the not-for-profit sector (charities) worktogether to strengthen society’s capacity to withstand, plan for, respond to and recoverfrom disasters. This unit will provide you with an…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will need to complete all 75 credit points of Intermediate core units. Normally, you would complete your intermediate units ibefore attempting Advanced units.

The unit offers a broad overview of the major theories and approaches to the study of crime and deviance. It provides a survey of diverse and competing interpretations of criminal and deviant acts, the situations and contexts within which crime…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the world of social research. It answers questions about how to produce knowledge through empirical research, and discusses the methods used to solve practical problems. The unit covers a wide range of social research methodologies and approaches,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the core intermediate unit for any students enrolled in the Bachelor of Justice Studies. The Unit combines knowledge of the international human rights framework with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities inherent in the pursuit of global…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit studies the processes that create and maintain indigenous disadvantage within society: locally, nationally and internationally. It introduces several critical theories to examine indigenous issues, to develop your analytical capacity through their application to a case study, or broad…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces students to the study of political ideas focusing on some of the major ideological frameworks that have and continue to guide political action in the modern era. In the unit, students will consider liberal, conservative, Marxist, fascist,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the application of general management principles to the particular context of emergency management where normal challenges are further complicated by system failures, inadequate information, complex multi-agency and whole of community approaches and a challenging political and social…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In your advanced units you will complete all 50 credit points of Advanced units.

X…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is designed to introduce students to the issues and processes associated with working with offenders, particularly those in prisons or under the supervision of community corrections. The unit explores issues pertaining directly to how best to work with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Explores the nature of environmental crime and its social regulation. The unit has three main topical concerns: First, to investigate the nature of environmental crime from the point of view of legal, ecological and justice perspectives, with an emphasis on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit is concerned with the question of the changing/evolving nature of violence in the international realm. Part one of the unit will trace the emergence of modern thought about violence through theoretical 'traditions' and the writings of Niccolo Machiavelli,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will complete 100 credit points of Elective units in the Bachelor of Justice Studies

Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Law, Health, Business, Science and the Creative Arts. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing  a major from other courses, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Media, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science.

The choice of possible elective units is deliberately extensive. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the area that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

We want your study experience with us to be as smooth as possible and we know that choosing from lists and lists of electives can sometimes be overwhelming!

The guides and links below are presented to help you navigate all of these options and find the electives that are best for you.

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Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic Applicants
Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2020, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 51.20. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your individual subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

For all other majors, please refer to Alternative entry pathways below.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at Diploma level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS University Preparation Program (or an equivalent qualification offered by an Australian University).
Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed a Certificate IV (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

Applicants without senior secondary, tertiary or VET / TAFE study can complete a personal competency statement.

Applicants may be eligible for an offer if they have relevant work and / or life experiences which demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

English Language Requirements

This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0, with no individual band less than 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 50, with no score lower than 42 or equivalent.

For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

General Entry Requirements

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

  • Completion of an equivalent AQF Certificate IV or above
  • Complete or incomplete (minimum 25 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

Course Specific Requirements

This course does not have any course specific requirements.

How to apply for a credit transfer

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

If you are a Year 12 school leaver or non-school leaver who meets the entry requirements, the Bachelor of Justice Studies is your next step towards an exciting career in the fields of criminal or social justice.

You may have also completed the Diploma of University Studies (Arts Specialisation) (21A) or University Preparation Program.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your eligibility.

Honours year

To progress to the Honours year of this degree, via the research pathway, you will need to achieve a GPA of 6.5.

Further postgraduate study
  • If you successfully complete your Honours (or fourth) year via the research pathway, you will be eligible to apply for Research Degrees at the University of Tasmania.
  • If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you do not meet the General Entrance Requirements or course-specific requirements, there are alternate entry pathways to the Bachelor of Justice Studies:

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your alternative entry pathway.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $99,244 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards including scholarships, bursaries and prizes to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability. Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Find out more about Scholarships & Prizes available.

International Students

There are a large range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania.

Find out more about International Scholarships available.

How can we help?

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