Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice_Prisons and Corrections field trip
    Restricted/Photo supplied by Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections New Zealand. Photo of a UC field trip to Christchurch Men's Prison for the CRJU302 Prisons and Corrections course.



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 behavioural 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, 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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Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law

Phone +64 3 369 3888

Level 3, Meremere building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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