Criminology and Criminal Justice, Major

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0006

Previous Code: M1069.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

This criminology major offers students the opportunity to study crime and criminal justice in a critical way that particularly stresses social and cultural definitions of criminality and the reactions to it. 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; First Peoples and criminal justice; the evolution of prisons and different forms of punishment; law enforcement and surveillance; violence, gender and crime; cultural depictions of crime and contemporary debates in criminology.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Internal Dr Ken Wooden
Penrith Campus Internal Dr Ken Wooden
Sydney City Campus Internal Dr Andrey Zheluk
WSU Online Online Dr Ken Wooden

Major Structure

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows

Recommended Sequence

Start-year intake - Liverpool, Penrith and Sydney City Campuses

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
Select one of the following: 10
First Peoples and Criminal Justice  
Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice  
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
Select one of the following: 10
Crime, Media, Culture  
First Peoples and Criminal Justice  
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Start-year intake - WSU Online

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Trimester 2Credit Points
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
 Credit Points20
Trimester 3
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Trimester 4
Select one of the following: 10
First Peoples and Criminal Justice  
Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice  
 Credit Points10
Trimester 5
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
 Credit Points20
Trimester 6
Select one of the following: 10
Crime, Media, Culture  
First Peoples and Criminal Justice  
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent Major Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

CULT 3008 - Crime Prevention and Community, replaced by CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs
CULT 3010 - Culture and Crime, replaced by CULT 3024 Crime, Media, Culture
CULT 1007 - Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice, replaced by CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CULT 2009 - Juvenile Crime and Justice, replaced by CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice
CULT 2011 - Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice, replaced by CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice