If you have ever thought about the problem of crime and its prevention or how society defines and responds to crime, this degree could be for you.
The Bachelor of Social Science Criminology and Criminal Justice major gives you highly developed skills and knowledge in criminology and related areas.
Please note: Sydney City start times are March, July and November.
WSU Online start times are February, June and September.
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Study at Sydney City campus
The Sydney City campus brings the same Western Sydney University experience to the city and offers a choice of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of disciplines.
Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western
Take the opportunity to study crime and criminal justice in a critical way, by examining the selective process of dealing with some acts and persons as criminal and not so other acts and people.
Areas of focus include: criminal justice institutions and practices; the development of criminology as a discipline and its various strands; forms and patterns of victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; aspects of juvenile justice; the evolution of prisons and different forms of punishment; policing, violence, gender and crime; cultural depictions of crime; and contemporary debates in criminology.
The core units you may study in this degree include: Working with Communities; Understanding Society; People, Place and Social Difference; The Individual in Society; Ethics in the Social Sciences; Social Research Methods; Applied Social Research; and Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice.
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Graduates of this degree typically find employment in areas such as:
- Policy advice and research
- Community agencies
- Child protection
- Federal Police, NSW Police Service and other investigative agencies
- International law
- Enforcement and intelligence agencies
Community Corrections Officer
Community Corrections Officers work intensively with offenders once they are released from custody on parole or are serving community based orders. This is an engaging and challenging role that will use your skills in assessing and influencing behavioural change.
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.
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.
With further training and/or qualifications, you may become a registered police officer. Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.
Social Researchers study human behaviour, society and institutions from current and historical perspectives, and verbally render spoken statements, and transcribe text and recorded spoken material from one language into another.
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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.