This dual degree combines a critical perspective on theories and practices from social work as well as criminology.
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Criminal and Community Justice and Social Work at Western
This is an applied degree pathway which links theory to practice, and contains two field education placements. There will be 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 as well as the not-for-profit sector.
The two professionally-supervised field placements you will undertake total to 1008 hours.
Please note that students participating in placement programs must meet the government requirements, e.g. Working with Children Check, National Criminal Record check. Any students participating in placement with programs in NSW Health facilities will need to comply with its Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases policy prior to placement.
This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.
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As a Criminal and Community Justice and Social Work graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Juvenile Justice and probation (Community Corrections)
- Group work
- Community work and community development
- Research and social policy
Social Workers assess the social needs of individuals, families and groups, assist and empower people to develop and use the skills and resources needed to resolve social and other problems, and further human wellbeing and human rights, social justice and social development.
Welfare Support Worker
Welfare Support Workers provide support, information and advice to clients on emotional, financial, recreational, health, housing and other social welfare matters, and evaluate and coordinate the services of welfare and community service agencies.
Social Researchers study human behaviour, relationships, society and institutions from current and historical perspectives in order to create a framework to support possible social change and minimise injustice for individuals, families and communities into the future.
Correctional officers work in prisons and correctional centres to ensure the safe supervision of inmates. Their duties involve observing prison behaviour, providing advice, administering first aid, assessing risk factors and preparing reports.
Community Workers design and implement strategies and programs to meet community and individual needs and assist individuals, families and groups with social, emotional and financial difficulties to improve quality of life.
Social Policy Adviser
Social Policy Analysts collect and analyse information and data about social issues impacting on individuals, families and communities. This analysis can then inform the design and implementation of social policies by governments to improve peoples’ lives.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.