Bachelor of Criminology

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: BCrim
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1710
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079498E

This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.


For Commencement Year 2015 to 2018 - please refer to 1710.2 Bachelor of Criminology

The Bachelor of Criminology degree offers students the opportunity to study crime and criminal justice in both a conceptual and an applied 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; 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. As such, 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.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Ashlee Gore
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Ashlee Gore
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal Erin Krueger
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal Erin Krueger

Admission

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence:

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 2019 First Peoples and Criminal Justice 10
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
CULT 3024 Crime, Media, Culture 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
HUMN 1041 People, Place and Social Difference 10
CULT 1005 Crime, Deviance and Society 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
CULT 1024 Introduction to Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
CULT 2018 Crime Prevention and Drugs 10
CULT 2019 First Peoples and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
CULT 2017 Youth Justice and Practice 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
CULT 3007 Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice 10
CULT 3024 Crime, Media, Culture 10
CULT 3025 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
CULT 3018 Perspectives in Criminology 10
CULT 3013 Gender, Crime and Violence 10
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Equivalent Core Subjects

The Core Subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.

CULT 1020 - Working with Communities
HUMN 2049 - Social Research Methods

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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