Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Social Work

  • Effective from: 2015
  • Approved Abbreviation: BCrim&CtyJust/BSW
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1713
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088186B

This program applies to students who commenced in 2015 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

Commencement Year 2014 - 1713.1 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Social Work

This dual degree combines a critical perspective on theories and practices from social work, as well as criminology. There is a strong focus on practice for students who wish to pursue a career in social work, community corrections, or other sectors of the criminal justice system, including private providers and the not for profit sector included in probations. It is an applied degree pathway, and links theory to practice, and contains two field education placements.

Study Mode

Five years full-time or ten years part-time.

Program Advice

Justine O’Sullivan

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Maggie Hall
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Maggie Hall

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work component of this double degree meets the specifications for eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 400 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
WELF 1002 Context of Human Services 10
WELF 1003 Human Services Intervention Strategies 10
CULT 1022 Working with Cultural Differences 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
WELF 2002 Community Work & Development 10
WELF 2017 Working with Individuals and Families 10
WELF 2006 Fields of Practice 1 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
WELF 2008 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law 10
WELF 2007 Group Work in Social Work 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
WELF 3006 Family Violence: Policy and Practice 10
WELF 3020 Field Education 1 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
JUST 3002 Assessment and Treatment of Offenders 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
WELF 3001 Child Abuse as a Social Issue 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
WELF 2010 Lifespan Development and the Human Services 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
WELF 3014 Social Work and Social Policy 10
WELF 2001 Community Management and Organisations 10
HUMN 2015 Community and Social Action 10
WELF 3009 Managing Offenders in the Community 10
Students may exit at this point with a Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice  
 Credit Points40
Year 5
Autumn session
WELF 3013 Social Work and Health 10
WELF 4006 Ideologies of Practice in Social Work 10
WELF 4007 Practice skills for social work 10
WELF 4008 Professional Decision Making in Social Work 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
WELF 4005 Field Education 2 30
Note: Subject WELF 4005 Field Education 2 may be offered in 2H session.  
WELF 4001 Contemporary Social Work Practice 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points400

Equivalent Core Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier. 

WELF 4003 Critical Practice in Social Work (Direct), replaced by WELF 4007 Practice skills for social work
WELF 4004 Critical Practice in Social Work (Indirect), replaced by WELF 4008 Professional Decision Making in Social Work
CULT 1007 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice, replaced by CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CULT 2009 Juvenile, Crime & Justice, replaced by CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice
JUST 3004 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing, replaced by JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions
WELF 2005 Field Education 1, replaced by WELF 3020 Field Education 1
CULT 2011 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice, replaced by CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 
HUMN 2049 Social Research Methods, replaced by HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems