Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Through this course criminal justice students will engage directly with organisations that require criminological input into their policy, evaluation, and professional practices. Under supervision, students will locate and undertake an 80-hour work placement with appropriate organisations involved in criminal justice research, education, or community service. This direct experience will expose students to the discourses and practices of researchers and managers, in order to consider the many complex factors that influence criminological research and policy. The importance of understanding cultural diversity of offenders and victims in the criminal justice system (CJS) will also be highlighted.



  • Summer 1 - 2022
  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply advanced criminal justice skills relevant to working with offenders and victims of crime in a vocational setting

2. Evaluate outcomes for offenders and victims in a vocational setting, demonstrating expertise

3. Construct a report relating to working with offenders or victims of crime

4. Show advanced professional knowledge through the undertaking of case-based tasks related to working with offenders and victims of crime in a vocational setting

5. Critique issues facing criminal justice professionals in the workplace

6. Employ professional knowledge gained within your own professional practice


The course will provide students the opportunity to develop a vocational understanding of the criminal justice system (CJS) through work placements.  Vocational places will be sourced from across the CJS, including those within (but not limited to) organisations focused on criminal justice policy, research, and practice. Placements with a specific focus on Indigenous content will be encouraged.

Activities undertaken will provide students with the skills necessary to describe and critically reflect on a major placement, and discuss the role of criminal justice in policy, management, and research.

Students will:

  • Apply for, secure, and complete a vocational placement
  • Engage with professionals working within the CJS
  • Collaborate to plan, carry out, and report on an appropriate needs assessment, research project, or evaluation.
  • Complete an 80-hour placement with an organisation that requires criminal justice expertise
  • Record, report and critically reflect on placement experiences
  • Discuss aspects of criminal justice practice with peers and commissioning agencies
  • Describe and analyse issues relating to real world research and practice in criminal justice

Submission of an ethics form and approval is a compulsory requirement to comply with the Course Related Ethics Approval. Students who do not submit the form and receive approval cannot meet the course requirements and will not be assessed.


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed CRIM2001.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of CRIM-coded courses

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (25%)

Professional Task: Report (50%)

Journal: Reflective journal (25%)

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

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