Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws


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Criminology and Laws at Western

Areas of focus in the Bachelor of Criminology 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, law enforcement and surveillance, violence, gender and crime, and cultural depictions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology. The degree addresses the criminalisation of disadvantage through race, class, disability and gender, with a focus on the nexus between social and criminal justice. This will equip students with the specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or on proceeding to advanced study. 

The Bachelor of Laws provides students with a broad progressive legal education with a strong practical orientation to the law. Students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, collaboration, self-management, and ethical and professional awareness and judgement. Students will also develop skills in legal advocacy, negotiation, and legal technology and extend their professional and learning experiences through work integrated learning, clinical placement and international exchange engagements.

Widen your skills by combining our accredited law degree with criminology. The law degree will provide you with the professional legal skills and knowledge required by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission to legal practice.

Work with our Western Sydney University Justice Clinic, providing a much-needed community service. Get on-the-ground experience of legal drafting, court advocacy, client advising, oral communication, negotiation and mediation.

The Criminology degree focuses on social and cultural definitions of criminality and reactions to it. Topics include criminology as a discipline; types and cultural depictions of crime; victimisation; crime prevention strategies and debates; law enforcement and surveillance; adult and juvenile justice; institutions and practices.

Criminology subjects are offered at Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta campuses and Law subjects are offered at both Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Travel between campuses will be required in order to complete your core subjects.

Program structure

The program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on subjects selected. View available subjects in our handbook.

For further information on University fees, please visit Fees and University Costs.

Delivery: On campus

Fees: AUD $32,344*

Delivery: On campus



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"Criminology introduces schools of thought. The law degree provides learning experiences that prepare students for the legal industry."

— Ross Tesoriero. Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Criminology.

Professional recognition

Our graduates from the Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws are eligible to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board for admission to legal practice in NSW after undertaking prescribed practical legal training.

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (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 program 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 program past the normal finish date of the program 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 programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.  

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