Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice)

Study crime and justice in a critical way, and examine the process of dealing with criminal acts and perpetrators.

If you have ever thought about the problem of crime, how we could prevent it or how society responds to crime, our Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice) could be for you.

This online degree gives you highly developed skills and knowledge in criminology and a comprehensive understanding of how all of these factors fit together. Study crime and criminal justice online in a critical way, by examining the selective process of dealing with scenarios involving illegal activity.

You will graduate with highly sought-after skills that will set you up for success in a range of national and international careers.

Please note that we are no longer taking enrolments for this teaching period. However, you can register your interest and we will notify you once enrolments open again.

Start Date

Feb, May, Sep




3 years full time  or part time equivalent



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Entry Criteria

Entry criteria

There are many ways you can gain entry into a degree through Western Sydney University Online. We accept any one of the following, provided you meet the minimum requirements relating to that criteria:

  • Cert IV, in any field
  • Completion or partial completion of tertiary study
  • Work experience, in any industry (assessed on a case by case basis)
  • Completion of Year 12 HSC (or equivalent), with a minimum required ATAR
  • Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Western Sydney University’s Inherent Requirements

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Course Subjects

You can study full time, part time, or at an accelerated pace and adjust your study load every teaching period, depending what is happening in your life at the time. Choose between one and four subjects every teaching period, factoring in approximately ten hours of study per week and subject.

Core subjects.

People, Place and Social Difference

The Individual in Society

Understanding Society

Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies

Ethics in the Social Sciences

Investigating and Communicating Social Problems

Applied Social Research

Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice

Major subjects.

Crime, Deviance and Society

Youth Justice and Practice

Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice

Crime Prevention and Drugs

Crime, Media, Culture

Gender, Crime and Violence

Perspectives in Criminology

Introduction to Criminal Justice

You can add eight electives to your studies. When studying a degree in Social Science (Criminology and Criminal justice).

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We are here to support you when you need it. Our dedicated support team are available over the phone or online seven days a week to answer all your questions. From technical support through to academic questions, we have the tools and people to make your study journey achievable and enjoyable.

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Career Opportunities

Correctional Officer

Work in prisons and correctional centres to ensure the safe supervision of inmates.

Case Worker

Provide advice, direction and services that will assist in the transition of men and women from prison into life.


Compile data and analyse trends in the area of criminal and community justice.

Juvenile Justice Officer

Provide counselling support for young people detained in a detention facility.

Learning at Western Sydney University Online

A unique opportunity

Our Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Criminal Justice) is an internationally recognised degree from a university ranked among the top 2% in the world. This degree provides you with a strong foundation in social sciences combined with an in-depth understanding of the criminal mind.

Your online community

At Western Sydney University Online, you will join an online community of leaders. Taught by specially trained online coaches, this degree has been designed to set you up for success. The connections you make could be the next step to a career opportunity.

Learning that suits you

Log on and learn any time that suits you. Study criminology and criminal justice online and be the master of your own schedule in an innovative online classroom.