This combined degree offers a highly valued career path in criminology and law. Learn about areas including law enforcement and surveillance, criminal justice and practices, cultural depictions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology. This degree also focuses on critiquing legal, social and cultural definitions of criminality and reactions to it.
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Criminology and Laws at Western
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.
You will have the opportunity to participate in our volunteering program for law students. In partnership with the National Pro Bono Resource Centre (NPBRC) our students (under supervision) undertake pro bono projects for organisations that have limited resources.
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 units are offered at Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta campuses and Law units are offered at both Campbelltown and Parramatta campuses. Travel between campuses will be required in order to complete your core units.
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As a criminology and law graduate you can look forward to a broad range of career opportunities as a:
- Solicitor or Barrister
- Community development worker
- Casework and case management
- Policy adviser
A lawyer provides legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law.
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, 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.
Barristers receive briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients to plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.
Policy Advisers collect and analyse information and data to produce intelligence and to develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.
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 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.