Course

Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice/Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Approved Abbreviation: DCriComJusBCriComJus


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6025.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096979B


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


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 to enhance their ability to work 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.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice.

Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
College AdminAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Liverpool CampusFull TimeInternalKen Wooden
Liverpool CampusPart TimeInternalKen Wooden
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalErin Kruger
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalErin Kruger
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band Or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass Or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent Or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement Or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Bankstown, Penrith and Nirimba Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700168Tertiary Study Skills in Criminal and Community Justice (WSTC Prep)

Students must pass the following University level units

700141Human Rights, Human Services and the Law (WSTC)
700142Human Services Intervention Strategies (WSTC)
700127Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice (WSTC)
700159People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC)
700051The Individual in Society (WSTC)
700049Understanding Society (WSTC)
700139Working with Communities (WSTC)
700140Working with Cultural Differences (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Criminal and Community Justice following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice.

Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Liverpool and Penrith Campus

Start-Year (Autumn)

Year 2

Autumn Session

400337Social Research Methods
101594Mental Health in the Community
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

And one elective

Spring Session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

From 2020 students should take the following unit in place of 102036 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice:

102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn Session

101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology

And two electives

Spring Session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102068Assessment and Treatment of Offenders
102065Managing Offenders in the Community
102251Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 102251 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing:

102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

Mid-Year (Spring)

Year 2

Spring Session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102039Crime, Deviance and Society
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

From 2020 students should take the following unit in place of 102036 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice:

102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

And one elective

Autumn Session

400337Social Research Methods
101594Mental Health in the Community
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

And one elective

Year 3

Spring Session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102068Assessment and Treatment of Offenders
102065Managing Offenders in the Community
102251Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 102251 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing:

102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

Autumn Session

101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology

And two electives

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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