Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice_Prisons and Corrections field trip
    Restricted/Photo supplied by Corrections New Zealand. Photo of a UC field trip to Christchurch Men's Prison for the CRJU 302 Prisons and Corrections course, under the guidance of Professor Greg Newbold. This course is taken as part of a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.



Criminal Justice looks at the criminal justice process and the treatment of offenders and victims. It is a multi-disciplinary field of study which seeks to draw together elements of many areas, including:

  • policing
  • developmental and abnormal psychology
  • criminal law and procedure
  • sentencing and the treatment of convicted offenders.

Criminology, which forms a subset of topics within Criminal Justice, primarily focuses on the theory and sociology of crime and is often less concerned with practical issues. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) however, builds on academic theories of crime and its causes and the research that underpins those theories, before going on to assess the criminal justice process itself; the law, policies, and institutions that make up this system.

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College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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