Bachelor of Criminology

Approved Abbreviation: BCrim

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1710.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 079498E

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2014.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

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. The degree seeks to equip all 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.

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International 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 applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney 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.

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.

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn Session

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society
101560Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 101560 Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice:

102709Introduction to Criminal Justice

And one elective

Spring Session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
102039Crime, Deviance and Society

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn Session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
101594Mental Health in the Community
400684Juvenile Crime and Justice

From 2019 students should take the following unit in place of 400684 Juvenile Crime and Justice:

102699Youth Justice and Practice

And one elective

Spring Session

400337Social Research Methods
102038Crime Prevention and Community
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
102036Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

From 2020 students should take the following unit in place of 102036 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice:

102711Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Year 3

Autumn Session

101552Applied Social Research
102037Perspectives in Criminology
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

And one elective

Spring Session

101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
101562Culture and Crime

And two electives

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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