Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies (BA CJS)

Entry Requirements

Admission to the BA CJS will be as per the University of Botswana General Regulation 20.2 or successful completion of the Diploma in Criminal Justice Studies (DCJ). Applicants who hold the DCJ from the University of Botswana will be admitted to the third year of the BA CJS degree programme. These students will be advised to take three new courses (1 at 1st year level, and 2 at second year level) as electives in order to satisfy requirements.

Duration of Programme

The normal duration for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies shall be eight (8) semesters on a fulltime basis. Students who are granted exemptions under the Departmental regulations may be able to complete
the programme in a shorter period of time.

Level 100

Semester 1

Core Courses

CJS121 Introduction to Criminology (3)
SOC125 Theories of crime and deviance(3)
LAW131 Introduction to Law (3)
COM151 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (Social Sciences) (3)
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals 1 (2)

Optional Courses

Any one of the following courses:

SOC130 Crime and Punishment in modern Society (3)
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
plus Electives (3) or GEC (4)

Semester 2

Core Courses

STA111 Elementary Statistics (3)
COM152 Academic and Professional Communication(Social Sciences) (3)
ICT122 Computer Skills Fundamentals 2 (2)

Optional Courses

Any two of the following courses:

SOC127 Introduction to Penology (3)
SOC133 The history of Punishment in Botswana (3)
PAD102 Institutional Process of Public Administration (3)
SOC122 Social Structure of Society (3)
plus GEC (4)

Level 200

Semester 1

Core Courses

CJS221 Classical and Post-Classical Criminological Theories (3)
LAW234 Constitutional Law (3)

Optional Courses

Any two of the following courses:

CJS227 Criminal Justice Work Experience (3)
CJS223 Media, Crime and Culture (3)
CJS245 Gender, Crime and Justice (3)
SOC234 Social Problems in Southern Africa (3)
BSW201 Introduction to working with Families and Individuals (3) plus Electives (3)

Semester 2

Core Courses

CJS222 Basic Concepts and Principles in Criminological Research (3)
SOC246 Communities and Crime (3)

Optional Courses

Any two of the following courses:

SOC225 Sociology of policing (3)
SOC243 Crime & Social Justice (3)
LAW 235 Specific Offences inCriminal Law (3)
LAW237 Administrative Law (3)
plus Electives (3)

Level 300

Semester 1

Core Courses

CJS326 Crime Prevention, Management and Control (3)
SOC343 Advanced Criminological Theories (3)
LAW333 Criminal Procedure (3)

Optional Courses

Any two of the following courses:

SOC342 Crime and Victimization (3)
CJS325 Risk Management (3)
CJS328 Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (3)
LAW332 Evidence (4)
SOC324 Sociology of Gender (3)

Semester 2

Core Courses

CJS321 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
CJS322 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
CJS323 Criminal Justice Practicum (3)

Optional Courses

Any two of the following courses:

CJS324 White Collar Crime (3)
CJS327 Forensic Criminology (3)
CJS329 Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Justice(3)
PAD307 Human Resource Development (3)

Level 400

Semester 1

Core Courses

CJS426 Electronic Crime (3)
CJS445 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice Studies (3)

Optional Courses

Any Two of the following courses:

CJS422 Management of Criminal Justice Organisations (3)
CJS424 Domestic and International Security (3)
LAW432 Jurisprudence (4)
SOC431 Sociology of Law (3) plus Electives (3)

Semester 2

Core Courses

CJS421 Research Project (6)
CJS444 Organised Crime (3)
LAW437 Human Rights Law (3)

Optional Courses

Any one of the following courses:

CJS423 International Policing (3)
CJS425 Privatisation/Commercialisation of Criminal Justice (3)
CJS427 Criminal Offender Profiling (3)
CJS428 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies (3)
SOC443 Sentencing Theory & Practice (3)

Progression from one Semester to another Semester

Progression from one Semester to the next shall be as per General Regulation 00.9

Award of Degree

The award of the degree shall be as per General Regulation 00.852