Master of Social Science (International Criminology)

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Social Science at Western

Views of crime and law enforcement as mostly occurring inside each nation state are now outmoded. We live in a globalised world characterised by the rapid transfer and exchange of finance and people, and this has mixed effects on human wellbeing and social justice.

A pernicious result of this is the expansion of transnational crime including internet crimes and fraud, people smuggling, cross-border terrorism, and expansion of criminal syndicates trading illicit drugs, commodities and weapons across national borders. Yet along with this expansion of criminal opportunities, there has been a new commitment to transnational law enforcement and the enactment of notions of global justice in institutions such as the International Criminal Court addressing 'crimes against humanity'.

In this course you can develop your own interests and extend your research skills with a fieldwork project of your choice.

The units that are offered are up to date and taught by staff with national and international reputation for their expertise in criminal offending, victimisation and law enforcement. Unlike traditional university subjects, these will be taught in a mixed online and face-to-face format in order to give learning flexibility to students.

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Western is a Top 150 University in the world for Sociology (QS World University Ranking).

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $18,920*

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $25,480*

Delivery: On campus



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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.