Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice

Approved Abbreviation: BCrim&CtyJust

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1709.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 083030G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2014.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

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.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre

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 the 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.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn Session

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 101560 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice:

102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

And one elective

Spring Session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law

Year 2

Autumn Session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
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

400337Social Research Methods
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
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn Session

101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology

And two electives

Spring Session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
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

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

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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