Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

  • Effective from: 2015
  • Approved Abbreviation: BCrim&CtyJust
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1709
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 083030G

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 - 1709.1 Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

The Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice degree is designed for current employees within Corrective Services, as well as students who wish to pursue a career in corrections, probation or parole. The degree will draw upon disciplinary areas such as Criminal Justice, Criminology, Psychology, Social Work and Welfare in order to provide a theoretical framework for those who work with offenders and on issues of rehabilitation, through-care and resettlement. As well as providing a theoretical framework, the program will provide those who complete the degree with the knowledge and skills to develop and evaluate practice with a view to enhancing working with offenders. The Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice can be described as an ‘applied degree pathway’ insofar as the teaching within the program will link theory to practice. It is important to note that this degree does not guarantee direct employment into Corrections Services.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Ashlee Gore
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Ashlee Gore
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal Erin Kruger
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal Erin Kruger

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing will be assessed in accordance with University policy.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements

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 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
WELF 1003 Human Services Intervention Strategies 10
WELF 2008 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3002 Assessment and Treatment of Offenders 10
WELF 3009 Managing Offenders in the Community 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
WELF 1003 Human Services Intervention Strategies 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
WELF 2008 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
JUST 3002 Assessment and Treatment of Offenders 10
WELF 3009 Managing Offenders in the Community 10
JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Core Subjects

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

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 CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice
JUST 3004 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing, replaced by JUST 3014 Creating Criminal Justice Solutions
CULT 2011 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice, replaced by CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 
CULT 1020 Working with Communities, replaced by HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 
HUMN 2049 Social Research Methods, replaced by HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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