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Associate Degree of Justice Studies - 247JA

Course Code: 247JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
CRICOS Code: 076969C
Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Activate your career in the justice sector and make a difference

An Associate Degree in Justice Studies is your first step towards making a positive change in the world. Our degree is designed to prepare you for work in a variety of challenging roles and provides professional development for those currently working in the justice sector. Once you graduate you will be equipped to work confidently in collaborative justice environments and in the development and implementation of policy.

Study an Associate Degree in Justice Studies at UC and you will:

  • acquire broad theoretical and technical knowledge of the justice sector
  • learn key foundation skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork
  • develop skills for roles such as court and tribunal administration, law enforcement and community and institutional corrections
  • undertake multidisciplinary study and research in the areas of law, management, criminology and other social sciences
  • understand the social, legal, economic and political environment affecting the justice sector
  • analyse and evaluate information relevant to the sector
  • foster teamwork skills to solve problems and work collaboratively in a justice environment.

Career opportunities

  • Court/tribunal registrar or manager
  • Case manager
  • Counsellor
  • Community corrections
  • Institutional corrections management
  • Law enforcement and security management
  • Legal policy research and management
  • Youth and community worker

Course specific information

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Associate Degree in Justice Studies you can apply for the Diploma of Justice Studies through UC College (link: and transfer to the Associate Degree on graduation. By the same token, students enrolled in the Associate Degree may choose to continue their studies with a Bachelor of Justice Studies with credit points from their Associate Degree study. 


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person Faculty of Business, Government and Law student support area (Building 11, Level B, Room 27 - Reception counter) or Email

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Associate Degree of Justice Studies AssocDeg JusticeSt

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
introduce students to the level of knowledge required to act at policy and administrative levels in the Justice sector, comprising court and tribunal administration, law enforcement and community and institutional corrections;
The Associate Degree of Justice Studies equips students with broad theoretical and technical knowledge about selected areas of the justice sector.
2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
The Associate Degree of Justice Studies develops graduates who have the relevant cognitive, technical and communication skills to undertake junior professional roles in research, operations, policy or advocacy in the justice sector. Graduates are expected to have a broad understand of the social, legal, economic and political environment affecting the justice sector and to be able to analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities relevant to the sector. 1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.
Graduates are expected to be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work both individually and collaboratively to investigate justice sector issues and creatively solve problems that arise in that sector. 3. Problem solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum ten semesters.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Diploma of Justice Studies is subsumable into this course. This course is subsumable into the Bachelor of Justice Studies.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Justice Studies


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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