Bachelor of Criminal Justice - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Criminal Justice

See also General Course and Examinations Regulations.

Requirements of the Degree

To qualify for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice a candidate must pass courses having a minimum value of 360 points including:

255 points from the compulsory courses in Schedule A to the Regulations;
at least 90 points from the elective courses in Schedule B to the Regulations;
15 points from either Schedule B to these Regulations or 15 points at 200-level or above from any other degree of the University.
Of these points:
No more than 135 points may be at 100-level;
At least 135 points must be at 200-level or above;
At least 90 points must be at 300-level.
Excessive Load

Candidates who wish to enrol for a course of study whose total points exceed 150 points for a full year or 75 points for a semester must first obtain the approval of the Dean of Law.

Credit for other Tertiary Level Courses

The Academic Board may grant credit towards the degree for courses from any other tertiary qualification where the content and standard of study are considered appropriate to the degree. Credit may be specified or unspecified, and will be at an appropriate level. Cross credit (credit from a completed degree) will not exceed a maximum of 120 points, except in the instances specified in Regulation 4 to this degree. Credit from an incomplete degree will not exceed 240 points.

Cross Credit between the Bachelor of Criminal Justice and other degrees of the University of Canterbury

A candidate for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice who is or has been enrolled for an LLB, may, in addition to the 120 points of cross-credit allowed under Regulation K of the General Course and Examination Regulations, be permitted to cross-credit LAWS 202 Criminal Law to the Bachelor of Criminal Justice in place of (i) CRJU 202 (15 points) and (ii) one Bachelor of Criminal Justice Schedule B 200-level elective course (15 points).

Note: The 120 points of cross-credit permitted under General Course and Examination Regulation K shall be: LAWS 101 (30 points); 75 points non-law; plus CRJU 201 (15 points) or SOCI 218 (15 points) cross-credited to the LLB degree in lieu of one LLB Group B optional course (LLB Regulation 5).

Schedule A to the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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Required Courses

Course Code Course Title
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 201 Crime and Justice
CRJU 202 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 301 Sentencing Theory and Practice
CRJU 302 Prisons and Corrections
HSRV 103 Violence in Society
HSRV 104 Youth Realities
HSRV 210 Women Offending and Victimisation Perspectives
LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions
MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi
PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics and Justice
PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Developmental
SOCI 293 The History of Gangs in New Zealand

And one of:

Course Code Course Title
MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
MAOR 165 He Timatanga: Engaging with Maori

Schedule B to the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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Elective Courses

Course Code Course Title
CRJU 210 Special Topic
CRJU 304 Research Essay in Criminal Justice
CRJU 307 Issues in Policing, Prosecution and Alternatives to Prosecution
CRJU 308 The Principles of Evidence
CRJU 309 International Criminal Law
CRJU 310 Special Topic
CRJU 311 Transnational Criminal Law
CRJU 312 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure
HIST 295 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750
HIST 395 Crime, Criminology and Policing in Modern Europe since 1750
HSRV 201 Communication in the Human Services
HSRV 203 Policy Debates in the Social Services
HSRV 206 Child Protection Practice
LING 225 Forensic Linguistics
PHIL 240 Bioethics: Life, Death, and Medicine
PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics
PSYC 208 Cognition
PSYC 211 Personality
PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 336 Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Or one of:

Course Code Course Title
HSRV 302 Qualitative Social Research
HSRV 305 Quantitative Research Methods for the Human Services
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