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Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Social Work

Approved Abbreviation: BCrim&CtyJust/BSW

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1713.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088186B

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2015 or later.

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.

Course Advice

Justine O’
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Liverpool CampusFull TimeInternalJustine O'Sullivan
Liverpool CampusPart TimeInternalJustine O'Sullivan

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).


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

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International 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 applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney 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.

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 course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website 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

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101557The Individual in Society
101551Understanding Society
101594Mental Health in the Community
102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
101596Context of Human Services
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Year 2

Autumn session

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
101632Community Work & Development
400508Working with Individuals and Families
102172Fields of Practice 1

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400509Group Work in Social Work
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice
102782Field Education 1

Spring session

102068Assessment and Treatment of Offenders
102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice
101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue
102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

Year 4

Autumn session

400505Lifespan Development and the Human Services
102037Perspectives in Criminology
102699Youth Justice and Practice

And one elective

Spring session

400511Social Work and Social Policy
101644Community Management and Organisations
101595Community and Social Action
102065Managing Offenders in the Community

Students may exit at this point with a Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Year 5

Autumn session

400513Social Work and Health
400517Ideologies of Practice in Social Work
102351Practice skills for social work
102352Professional Decision Making in Social Work

Spring session

400522Field Education 2

Note: unit 400522 Field Education 2 may be offered in 2H session.

400518Contemporary Social Work Practice

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2016 or earlier.

400519 - Critical Practice in Social Work (Direct)

400520 - Critical Practice in Social Work (Indirect)

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2018 or earlier.

101560 - Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

400684 - Juvenile Crime and Justice

102251 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

The core units listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2019 or earlier.

400521 - Field Education 1

102036 - Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

The core unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2020 or earlier.

400337 - Social Research Methods

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