Are you keen to explore how you can make a difference in the world when it comes to issues of human trafficking, crimes against humanity, and social and welfare law? Learn about the legal system and how it shapes our world.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
If you’re looking for an exciting career and the chance to make a difference, a major in Legal Studies within the field of criminology could really take you places. You’ll examine the Australian legal system and the way it shapes our society through a range of issues such as welfare law and human trafficking.
Law transcends all industries. Find out how the law interacts with other areas, taking units in criminology as you study the foundations of business law and other areas of the law.
You’ll learn about dispute resolution and have the opportunity to develop your own dispute resolution skills through role play and interactive activities. You will learn a variety of dispute resolution processes including negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.
You will investigate the interactions between law, crime, frameworks in societies and the various social grouping within society.
8 reasons to study Legal Studies at Murdoch
- Challenge the way you think about the world as you explore the legal system and how it shapes society.
- Gain an understanding of various legal issues and how to apply this knowledge in different justice contexts.
- Develop a variety of dispute resolution methods and a range of tactics to respond to conflict and disputes.
- Gain a broad understanding of the role and operation of law.
- Learn to produce high quality and persuasive communications (for example research reports, court reports and policy reports) so you are job ready when you graduate.
- Build your network from within our Law School, making use of our strong ties to the Western Australian legal and business community.
- Combine your degree or take on a double major in another discipline to expand your career prospects even further.
- Learn from respected experts in their field who often appear in the media to share their insights on current events and issues.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- social and welfare law
- criminological research methods
- alternative dispute resolution
- international and transnational crimes
- law, justice and social policy.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Criminal Behaviour
- Crime Science
- Criminology + Psychology (BA)
- Criminology + Communication
- Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology
- Criminology + Global Security.
Your future career
Studying a Bachelor of Criminology in Legal Studies will set you up for a career in the criminal justice system.
Careers could include:
- Community Correction Officer
- Juvenile Justice Officer
- Paralegal Officer
- Court Administrator.
You’ll graduate with the skills you need to pursue roles within the court and corrections, police services, youth work, community groups and government departments
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth campus and external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
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